The Absinthe United States Scenario

During the early 1900s many European countries banished the strong alcoholic drink Absinthe, United States banned Absinthe in 1912.

Absinthe was never as popular in the United States as it was in European countries such as France and Switzerland, but there were areas of the US, like the French section of New Orleans, where Absinthe was served in Absinthe bars.

Absinthe is a liquor made from herbs such as wormwood, aniseed and fennel. It is usually green, hence its nickname the Green Fairy, and it has an anise taste.

Absinthe is an interesting concoction or recipe of herbs that behave as a stimulant and alcohol and other herbs that behave as a sedative. It’s the essential oils from the herbs that can cause Absinthe to louche, go cloudy, when water is added.

Wormwood, Artimesia Absinthium, contains a chemical called thujone which is said to be similar to THC in the drug cannabis, to be psychoactive and also to cause psychedelic effects.

Absinthe United States and also the ban
the 1900s there was clearly a solid prohibition movement in France and this movement used the truth that Absinthe was linked to the Bohemian culture of Montmartre – with its writers, artists as well as the courtesans and loose morals of establishments such as the Moulin Rouge, as well as the allegation that an Absinthe drinker murdered his family, to argue for a ban on Absinthe. They said that Absinthe could well be France’s ruin, that Absinthe was a drug and intoxicant that will drive everyone to madness!

The United States adopted France’s example and banned Absinthe and drinks containing thujone in 1912. It became outlawed, a crime, to get or sell Absinthe in the USA. Americans either had to concoct their very own homemade recipes or journey to countries like the Czech Republic, where Absinthe was still being legal, to enjoy the Green Fairy.

Many US legal experts argue that Absinthe was never banned in the US and that should you look cautiously into the law and ordinance you will see that only drinks containing over 10mg of thujone were banned. However, US Customs and police wouldn’t allow any Absinthe shipped from abroad to get into the US, only thujone free Absinthe substitutes were permitted.

Absinthe United States 2007

Ted Breaux, a native of New Orleans, operates a distillery in Saumur France. He has utilized vintage bottles of pre-ban Absinthe to analyze Absinthe recipes and also to create his own classic pre-ban style Absinthe – the Jade collection.

Breaux was amazed to find that the vintage Absinthe, contrary to belief, actually only contained very minute quantities of thujone – inadequate to harm anyone. He became driven to provide an Absinthe drink that he could ship to his homeland, the US. His dream was to once more see Absinthe being consumed in bars in New Orleans.

Breaux and lawyer Gared Gurfein, had a lot of meetings with the Alcohol, Tobacco, Tax and Trade Bureau with regards to the thujone content of Breaux’s Absinthe recipe. They found that actually no law must be changed!

Breaux’s dream became reality in 2007 when his brand Lucid was able to be shipped from his distillery in France into the US. Lucid is founded on vintage recipes and has real wormwood, unlike fake Absinthes. Now, in 2008, a brand called Green Moon and two Absinthes from Kubler are all capable of being traded in within the US.

Absinthe United States – Several Americans are now enjoying their first taste of real legal Absinthe, perhaps you will see an Absinthe revival.