The end results of Absinthe are notorious. Ask anyone regarding Absinthe and they’ll remember Absinthe as the green liquor which was famously banned around the globe because it drove men and women to insanity. Many of these people have never tried Asbinthe and can’t comment therefore.
Absinthe was initially developed as an elixir or tonic by a doctor in the Swiss area of Couvet. Dr Ordinaire managed to make it out of a selection of herbs better known for their medicinal components. His recipe finally got into the hands of Henri-Louis Pernod who made Absinthe from a wine base and absinthe-recipe put in herbal ingredients just like aniseed, wormwood, hyssop, fennel, star anise, angelica root, lemon balm, nutmeg, juniper and dittany. Other producers used various kinds 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 treat malaria and have become popular with the troops who brought it back along where it grew very popular in bars in France. Several bars even had Absinthe hours – L’heure vert – the green hour.
The Absinthe Ritual was a crucial part of the pleasure of drinking Absinthe. Absinthe was provided in bars in unique Absinthe glasses with an Absinthe spoon, a sugar cube and ice cold water. The barman or waiter would use a carafe or fountain to drip the water above the sugar on the spoon and the buyer would look at the Absinthe louche as the water combined with the liquor.
Absinthe evolved into a popular drink among the artists and writers of the Bohemian part of Paris – Montmartre. Artists and writers, including Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Degas, Baudelaire, Verlaine, Oscar Wilde and Gauguin, all claimed that Absinthe gave them their genius and motivation. Absinthe and Absinthe drinkers are featured in lots of works of art like Albert Maignan’s “Green Muse” from 1895 exhibiting an Absinthe drinker having 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 being a “clear headed” or “lucid” drunkenness and this could possibly be because Absinthe contains both sedatives and also stimulants.
Effects of Absinthe and the Prohibition
Absinthe was notoriously restricted in France in 1915 and many other countries all over the world also banned it. The prohibition campaigners had managed to encourage the French government that Absinthe will bring about the country’s downfall and therefore extented drinking of Absinthe, Absinthism, caused the subsequent effects:-
– Super excitability
– Weakening of the intellect
– Brain damage
The chemical thujone, found in one of the vital ingredients of absinthe, wormwood, was considered to be like THC in the drug cannabis. Thujone was purported to be a neurotoxin, to be psychoactive and to cause psychedelic effects. The wormwood in Absinthe was blamed for Van Gogh’s suicide and for a man murdering his family.
Numerous studies have shown that thujone must be consumed in considerable amounts to result in such awful effects and when Ted Breaux, Absinthe manufacturer and creator of the “Lucid” brand, examined bottles of vintage pre-ban Absinthe he found out that Absinthe only contained minute levels of thujone. Absinthe has therefore been legalized in many countries now.
Absinthe is mainly alcohol and it’s a very strong spirit, about twice as strong as other kinds of spirits such as whisky and vodka. It might therefore be pretty much impossible to take in a large amount of thujone as you wouldn’t be capable to consume a whole lot of alcohol and still be able to drink!
The effects of Absinthe really are just stories, part of the myth and legend that surrounds this glorious drink. Try some yourself by ordering a bottle of real wormwood Absinthe on the internet or by developing your very own by utilizing Absinthe essences coming from AbsintheKit.com.