Absinthe Green Fairy
Absinthe Green Fairy is a drink with great history behind it. Today occupying a place as the most famous and controversial drink of all time it was first developed in the 18th century as a tonic.
A strong spirit with ansie flavor, Absinthe has between 45 and 75% alcohol by volume. In French it is called "La Fee Verte" or "Green Fairy" because of its emerald green color. Distilled and made from herbs it is a liquor. Fennel, green aniseed, and wormwood or Artemisia Absinthium are the main herbs. Herbs such as juniper, hyssop, star anise, nutmeg, dittany, veronica and lemon balm were used by Henri-Louis Pernod to prepare the famous Pernod Absinthe recipe, he was also the first to commercially distill Absinthe. The feeling was that herbs like wormwood, nutmeg, and calamus which only a few manufacturers used were psychoactive in nature. Herbs in Absinthe release essential oils and this causes the louche effect when water is poured over the sugar on the Absinthe spoon. Absinthe louches or clouds when water is added as the oils present in it are not soluble in water.
Absinthe Green Fairy or La Fee Verte and the world of Great Painters
Absinthe's greatness lies in its association with great writers and painters of the Bohemian culture. Famous Absinthe drinkers include Vincent Van Gough, Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, Charles Baudelaire, Edgar Degas, Ernest Hemingway and Oscar Wilde. Many writers and artists were convinced that Absinthe gave them inspiration and gave them their genius. Van Gogh and Picasso even featured Absinthe and Absinthe drinkers in many of their paintings.
Always on the look out for some excuse to ban Absinthe prohibition campaigners found the perfect one in Absinthe's association with Moulin Rouge, old Montmartre, and Bohemian sect. Absinthe got linked ot the murder of a family and alcohol addiction this helped the prohibitionists to get it declared illegal and finally banned in France in 1915. Few countries like the Czech Republic, Spain, Portugal and the UK considered it legal while others banned it outright.
Thujone, a chemical in wormwood took most of the blame for the psychedelic effects of drinking the Green Fairy. Similarity was drawn between Thujone and THC that is present in cannabis. However Absinthe is mainly alcohol, ethanol, and therefore only contains minute quanitities of thujone. Research shows that the real danger in Absinthe comes from its high Alcohol content and not from thujone, researchers also claim that Absinthe is a safe yet strong liquor. There are many studies and articles on this subject. For pleasure drink it in moderation as it is twice as strong as whisky and vodka.
People enjoyed buying and drinking Absinthe during the prohibition in the Czech Republic, in surroundings decorated by vinatge Absinthe posters absinthe was served in large glasses. By 2008, many countries legalised Absinthe however, in the EU the thujone levels are controlled and the US only allows absinthe with trace amounts of thujone.
Bottle of absinthe essence or absinthe may be ordered from the website AbsintheKit.com) to make your own Two names describe Absinthe "Green Fairy" or "La Fee Verte" to bottle at home. Absinthes produced for the US market do not contain thujone, however, the real Absinthe and Absinthe essences certainly contain wormwood.
Absinthe La Fee Verte or Green Fairy cocktails can use this delicious spirit just mix it with champagne to prepare a truly decandent drink!