The impact of Absinthe are notorious. Ask anyone about Absinthe and they will remember Absinthe as being the green liquor that was notoriously banned all over the world because it drove people to insanity. Many of these individuals have never tried Asbinthe and cannot comment consequently.
Absinthe was originally developed being an elixir or tonic by a doctor in the Swiss area of Couvet. Dr Ordinaire managed to make it out of a wide range of herbs better known for their medicinal properties. His recipe finally got into the hands of Henri-Louis Pernod who manufactured Absinthe from a wine base and absinthe-recipe added in herbal ingredients such as aniseed, wormwood, hyssop, fennel, star anise, angelica root, lemon balm, nutmeg, juniper and also dittany. Some other makers used several types of herbs together with Pernod’s recipe, herbs just like calamus root and mint.
The Green Fairy, or Absinthe, was handed to French soldiers in the 1840s to deal with malaria and have become popular with the troops who brought it back along with them where it grew very well liked in bars in France. Some bars even had Absinthe hours – L’heure vert – the green hour.
The Absinthe Ritual was an important part of the enjoyment of drinking Absinthe. Absinthe was offered in bars in unique Absinthe glasses with an Absinthe spoon, a sugar cube and cold water. The barman or waiter would use a carafe or fountain to drip the water over the sugar to the spoon and the buyer would observe the Absinthe louche as the water mixed with the liquor.
Absinthe became a popular drink among the artists and writers of the Bohemian section of Paris – Montmartre. Artists and writers, like Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Degas, Baudelaire, Verlaine, Oscar Wilde and also Gauguin, all claimed that Absinthe gave them their genius and creativity. Absinthe and Absinthe drinkers are showcased in many works of art for instance Albert Maignan’s “Green Muse” from 1895 displaying an Absinthe drinker with a fairy (the green fairy) and Degas’ “L’Absinthe” from 1876.
Oscar Wilde wrote “After the first glass of Absinthe you see things as you wish they were. After the second you see them as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world.”
Others have described the effects of drinking Absinthe as being a “clear headed” or “lucid” drunkenness and this could possibly be because Absinthe is made up of both sedatives as well as stimulants.
Effects of Absinthe and the Ban
Absinthe was notoriously suspended in France in 1915 and lots of other countries around the globe also banned it. The prohibition campaigners had been able to encourage the French government that Absinthe would bring about the country’s pitfall and therefore continuous drinking of Absinthe, Absinthism, caused the subsequent effects:-
– Hyper excitability
– Weakening of the intellect
– Brain deterioration
The chemical substance thujone, found in one of the vital ingredients of absinthe, wormwood, was viewed as like THC in the drug cannabis. Thujone was speculated to be a neurotoxin, to be psychoactive and also to cause psychedelic effects. The wormwood in Absinthe was held accountable for Van Gogh’s suicide and then for a man killing his family.
Many studies have demostrated that thujone should be consumed in huge amounts to result in such awful effects and when Ted Breaux, Absinthe producer and creator of the “Lucid” brand, examined bottles of vintage pre-ban Absinthe he found out that Absinthe only comprised minute amounts of thujone. Absinthe has consequently been legalized in several countries now.
Absinthe is principally alcohol and it’s an extremely strong spirit, about twice as strong as other kinds of spirits just like whisky and vodka. It would therefore be pretty much impossible to ingest a substantial amount of thujone as you would not be able to consume that much alcohol and still be capable to drink!
The consequences of Absinthe are truly just stories, part of the myth and legend that encompasses this glorious drink. Try a few yourself by getting a bottle of real wormwood Absinthe on-line or by making your own through the use of Absinthe essences from AbsintheKit.com.