Absinthe, the Green FairyThe recipe of the most controversial and forbidden drink
Absinthe is a long time forbidden and mystery drink which with a a reputation of being powerful and unique among alcohols, promising to remain the drink of choice for all those looking to bring something wild, exciting, and sexy to the party, long into the future.
How you could make Absinthe
Two processes can be used to create Absinthe: Distillation or Cold Mixing.
Macerate botanicals in alcohol:
It is said to improve materially with storage, and many pre-ban distilleries aged their absinthe in neutral barrels before bottling.
Cold mixed absinthe
Many modern absinthes are produced using the cold mix system. This process is forbidden in countries with formal legal designations of absinthe. The beverage is manufactured by mixing flavouring essences and artificial colouring in high-proof alcohol, and is similar to a flavoured vodka or "absinthe schnapps".
Some modern Franco–Suisse absinthes are bottled at up to 82.3 percent alcoholand some modern bohemian-style absinthes contain up to 89.9 percent. Because of the lack of a formal legal definition of absinthe in most countries, many of these lesser brands claim their products to be "distilled" (since the alcohol base itself was created through distillation) and sell them at prices comparable to more authentic absinthes that are distilled directly from whole herbs.
Besides the "Holy Trinity" other botanicals are used, such as:
Alternative chemical coloring: store-bought food colouring to simulate the green colouration of verte absinthe can be used to enhance the strong green color.
First, grind the "Holy Trinity" (Grande wormwood, green anise, and florence fennel seeds) with a mortar and pestle. Second: mix with the rest of the dry ingredients and macerate it for several weeks
The first clear evidence of absinthe in the modern sense of a distilled spirit containing green anise and fennel, however, dates to the 18th century.
According to popular legend, absinthe began as an all-purpose patent remedy created by Dr. Pierre Ordinaire, a French doctor living in Couvet,Switzerland, around 1792. Ordinaire's recipe was passed on to the Henriod sisters of Couvet, who sold absinthe as a medicinal elixir. Major Dubied acquired the formula from the sisters and in 1797, with his son Marcellin and son-in-law Henry-Louis Pernod, opened the first absinthe distillery, Dubied Père et Fils, in Couvet. In 1805 they built a second distillery in Pontarlier, France, under the new company name Maison Pernod Fils. Pernod Fils remained one of the most popular brands of absinthe up until the drink was banned in France in 1914.
Absinthe was publicly associated with violent crimes and social disorder...
The period from 1875-1915 is now known in Paris as "the great collective binge." This was the period during which the truly awesome powers of the Green Fairy became known to the world, mainly through the art and writing and big mouths of Parisian and American ex-pat artists, who feel that absinthe opens wide the proverbial doors of perception.
In a glassy green haze, artists likeVan Gogh, Picasso and Degas, create famous artworks inspired by absinthe, and authors like Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway all claim absinthe as their muse. Somewhere amongst the gritty smokestacks of industrial-era London, Mary Shelley writes most of Frankenstein in the midst of an absinthe binge.
During this period, La Fee Verte spreads out across the globe, enveloping Europe in an absinthe craze, and even traveling to the United States, where she became the drink of choice in cosmopolitan areas. Absinthe catches on especially strong in New Orleans , where bars set up ornate fountains to perform the slow ice-water dripping process – so integral to stylish consumption – for their customers.
Another heavy blow falls on absinthe’s popularity in 1905, when a Swiss man,Jean Lanfray, brutally murders his family, supposedly under the influence of the green demon.
It is only thanks to recent modern science that the world has been given a wake up call. Absinthe does not, in fact, cause illness or insanity, Wormwood, much like vanilla extract, or mint oil, is just not the best thing to ingest in massive, concentrated doses. It is simply powerful and unique among alcohols.
The bans on absinthe are now slowly being lifted throughout Europe and North America, the only major holdout now remaining being the U.S., where it is legal to possess and drink absinthe, but not to produce or sell it.