Absinthe Revisited...And Debunked?
Last week, we offered you our humble opinion on absinthe, the fabled green fairy that is said to have caused so much trouble back in the 19th century. We've found another blog article on the subject, one that offers a different opinion of the drink than its typical "You've Gotta Try It!" image.
The article states that most of the drink's notoriety comes from its counterculture vibe, and that interest would plummet if it were to become legal. It also says that there is no evidence that any absinthe, today or from the past, that can give the sort of hallucinations and mind-bending experiences that have been attributed to it.
"King of Spirits Absinth boasts '100mg of psychoactive thujone,' the sort of claim that is mocked on La Fee Verte, which dismisses the 'glorious descriptions of absinthe highs in 19th century literature' as 'so much flowery hot air.' Although 'thujone is assumed by modern-day druggies to lend some sort of buzz,' says the site, 'it does not.' Or maybe it does. 'Some people claim to experience secondary effects from absinthe,' La Fee Verte concedes, including 'a markedly clear-headed drunkenness.'"
I have to say I felt some cool waves of badassery as I drank my greenish-tinged cup, but that most likely came because I knew the bottle was "smuggled" into the country via the Internet. Plus, the thujone (wormwood's psychedelic ingredient) didn't alter my consciousness, and the binge itself didn't take me anywhere more exotic than Hangover Town.
If you're still undeterred to dance with the green fairy, you can try making your own to avoid the pitfalls of having it imported. You can buy an absinthe kit at Amazon.com and make your own at home! Of course, Liquor Snob is not responsible for any bad behavior, vomiting, marriage proposals, or anything else associated with home-brewed absinthe. (UPDATE: Nor do we take responsibility for the fact that the end result will most assuredly be what one of our readers calls "sickly herb flavored vodka.")
Read the full article, The Search for Real Absinthe, at reason.com.
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Posted by Jake Jamieson at September 13, 2005 8:05 AM