The other day someone sent me a link to Buy Absinthe, a website that sells high quality Absinthe.
Intrigued by something I’ve never had before, plus the forbidden fruit factor (It’s not for sale in the U.S.), I read through the site, and became fascinated with the history and mystery of this alluring drink. I did some other research and thought it would be an interesting thing to write about.
Absinthe is a strong liqueur made of herbs including wormwood, and was invented in Switzerland in 1797 by Dr. Pierre Ordinaire. Bitter in taste, the chartreuse green color is derived from chlorophyll. By the 1850’s it became the most fashionable drink of its day by the upper class and was the rage of the Parisian café society. Wildly popular, Absinthe trickled down to the Bohemian set too, with artists and writers also making it their drink of choice. It inspired Degas and Manet, and one of Degas’s most famous paintings L’absinthe (pictured above), from 1876, is a portrait of actress Ellen Andree and painter Marcellin Desboutin drinking Absinthe at a Paris café. In 1905, Jean Lanfray, intoxicated by Absinthe, murdered his wife after supposedly having two glasses of it. Lawmakers and the public were outraged, and a prohibition movement was started, which culminated in the ban of Absinthe in France and the U. S. It was re-legalized if France in 1988 with new labeling guidelines but still remains illegal in the U.S.
The traditional way to drink Absinthe is to put a spoon with a cube of sugar across the edge of a tall glass and gently pour the Absinthe it over the sugar. Afterwards you slowly pour fresh water over the sugar, till it dissolves and then stir the mixture with a spoon and voila! The color will go from green to milky white.
On Buy Absinthe, there are premium brands from France, Switzerland and Spain, including Absente, Rodniks, Pere Kermanns, Versinthe, and Lemercier. Prices start at $22 for a 20cl bottle, and go up to $40 for a 70cl one. Accessories of special Absinthe glasses and silver and stainless steel spoons to put the sugar cube on are also sold on the site. The goal of the site is to put people back in touch with old-fashioned ritual of Absinthe drinking. It does a responsible job of explaining and educating people and the presentation is straightforward and entertaining.
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includes many of the places I have written about such as small museums & galleries, restaurants, cafes & food markets, secret addresses, fashion & home boutiques, parks, and much more.
I look forward to meeting you on my tours and it will be my pleasure and delight to show you my insiders Paris.
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