The end results of Absinthe are notorious. Ask anyone about Absinthe and they’ll remember Absinthe as being the green liquor that has been notoriously banned around the globe mainly because it drove people to insanity. Several of these folks have never tried Asbinthe and cannot comment therefore.
Absinthe was at first developed as being an elixir or tonic by a doctor in the Swiss area of Couvet. Dr Ordinaire made it out from a wide range of herbs recognized for their medicinal properties. His recipe finally got into the hands of Henri-Louis Pernod who manufactured Absinthe from a wine base and added in herbal ingredients just like aniseed, wormwood, hyssop, fennel, star anise, angelica root, lemon balm, nutmeg, juniper and dittany. Other manufacturers used different types of herbs in combination with Pernod’s recipe, herbs like calamus root and mint.
The Green Fairy, or Absinthe, was handed to French soldiers in the 1840s to take care of malaria and have become popular with the troops who brought it home along where it grew extremely popular in bars in France. Some bars even had Absinthe hours – L’heure vert – the green hour.
The Absinthe Ritual was a significant part of the pleasure of drinking Absinthe. Absinthe was offered in bars in unique Absinthe glasses with an Absinthe spoon, a sugar cube and iced water. The barman or waiter would use a carafe or fountain to drip the water on the sugar on the spoon and the client would observe the Absinthe louche as the water mixed with the liquor.
Absinthe grew to become a popular drink among the artists and writers of the Bohemian portion of Paris – Montmartre. Artists and writers, such as Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Degas, Baudelaire, Verlaine, Oscar Wilde as well as Gauguin, all believed that Absinthe gave them their genius and creativity. Absinthe and Absinthe drinkers are highlighted in many pieces of art for instance Albert Maignan’s “Green Muse” from 1895 displaying an Absinthe drinker that has a fairy (the green fairy) and Degas’ “L’Absinthe” from 1876.
Oscar Wilde had written “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 end results of drinking Absinthe as being a “clear headed” or “lucid” drunkenness and this could be because Absinthe consists of both sedatives as well as stimulants.
Effects of Absinthe as well as the Prohibition
Absinthe was notoriously suspended in France in 1915 and lots of other countries around the world also banned it. The prohibition campaigners had managed to convince the French government that Absinthe would bring about the country’s downfall and therefore continuous drinking of Absinthe, Absinthism, caused the next effects:-
– Hyper excitability
– Deterioration of the intellect
– Brain damage
– Lack of control
The compound thujone, found in one of the vital ingredients of absinthe, wormwood, was viewed as like THC inside the drug cannabis. Thujone was speculated to be a neurotoxin, to be psychoactive and to result in psychedelic effects. The wormwood in Absinthe was blamed for Van Gogh’s suicide and then for a man murdering his family.
Many studies have revealed that thujone should be consumed in large amounts to cause such awful effects so when Ted Breaux, Absinthe manufacturer and creator of the “Lucid” brand, tested bottles of vintage pre-ban Absinthe he found out that Absinthe only contained minute amounts of thujone. Absinthe has therefore been legalized in many countries now.
Absinthe is primarily alcohol and it’s a very strong spirit, about twice as strong as other kinds of spirits like whisky and vodka. It might therefore be essentially impossible to ingest a substantial amount of thujone as you wouldn’t be capable to consume a whole lot of alcohol and still be able to drink!
The results of Absinthe are truly just stories, part of the myth and legend that is all around this glorious drink. Try some yourself by getting a bottle of real wormwood Absinthe on the web or by developing your own through the use of Absinthe essences via AbsintheKit.com.