Anyone tried Absinthe?

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Submitted by kev374 on July 3, 2008 - 8:20pm

Tried it for the first time today...got it at BevMo. Not the authentic stuff from Europe with the grande wormwood but close enough I guess, a french brand called "Absente". At first it was not that palatable since I like more of a fruity flavor and this tasted more like herbal medicine. But after a bit I think I grew on it, certainly is an acquired taste. The 110 proof is wow, and I heard the potent absinthe sold in Europe is 160 proof!!!

Submitted by PadreBrian on July 3, 2008 - 8:24pm.

I've had both the fake and the real stuff. I prefer the fake stuff. lol The real wormwood makes me hallucinate like crazy. It takes me places I don't want to go.

Submitted by bonfire on July 3, 2008 - 8:24pm.

Thought it was illegal? But hmmmm, doesn't it make the heart grow fonder? Bev Mo, you say?

Submitted by Arty on July 3, 2008 - 9:31pm.

BevMo has a full display case full of that stuff. I don't think they are the original "real" formulation.

Submitted by afx114 on July 4, 2008 - 2:18am.

I have heard that the Absinthe in the USA is "fake" but you can get your hands on the "real" stuff if you know where to look. I've been wanting to try it, how do you know what the good stuff is? And I don't mean "good" as in taste... :)

Submitted by plasticfantastic on July 5, 2008 - 8:11am.

All you need to know here:

http://www.feeverte.net/

Absinthe is not 'illegal' in the US but the genuine stuff cannot be legally imported. It can be obtained from various vendors, via mail order, however.

There is a huge mythology built up around Absinthe. For the most part, it is just another alcoholic beverage, not a 'drug.' The interesting aspects are the ritualistic preparations, IMO. Analogous to cigar smoking, in some ways. Tastes like anis, BTW.

Submitted by Allan from Fallbrook on July 5, 2008 - 10:38am.

plastic: Aren't you supposed to hold a sugar cube in a slotted spoon and then drip water over the sugar until it melts?

The French referred to it as the "Green Fairy" for its supposed psychoactive effects (which PadreBrian mentioned).

If you want to really get torched, try some authentic slivovitz or rakia. I had a Croatian friend growing up whose dad used to make homemade rakia (his version used apricots) that ran about 160 proof. Mix it with a little Sprite or 7up and you're off to the races.

Submitted by plasticfantastic on July 5, 2008 - 1:57pm.

Yup, classic way do drink Absinthe is to drip water over a sugar cube, which rests on a spoon over the glass. 5:1 water to absinthe.

Bastardized Czech method is to light a shot of it on fire and down it.

Thujon is the psychoactive ingredient (from Wormwood), but you'd have to drink an awful lot to get an effect, IMO. You'd be blind drunk by then anyway...

Stories of people going mad probably related to poor distilling techniques/contaminants

Kind of fun thing to do for a party, if one is so inclined, as there is a bit of 'show' involved.

Submitted by CavalierLion on July 5, 2008 - 2:25pm.

plasticfantastic wrote:
Yup, classic way do drink Absinthe is to drip water over a sugar cube, which rests on a spoon over the glass. 5:1 water to absinthe.

Bastardized Czech method is to light a shot of it on fire and down it.

Thujon is the psychoactive ingredient (from Wormwood), but you'd have to drink an awful lot to get an effect, IMO. You'd be blind drunk by then anyway...

Stories of people going mad probably related to poor distilling techniques/contaminants

Kind of fun thing to do for a party, if one is so inclined, as there is a bit of 'show' involved.

Yep, you'd die of alcohol poisoning long before you get even a slight effect from the thujone. (see http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/absinth...). Even the original absinthe from the early 1900s had practically no thujone (as confirmed by gas chromography) The effects people saw were simply from being blind drunk.

Also, wormwood can be purchased at most nurseries (it is a pretty plant and smells nice).

Submitted by kewp on July 5, 2008 - 3:01pm.

Something you all are missing about the modern method of consumption is that, historically, the sugar cube was often soaked in laudanum (opium) first.

So, yes, no surprise they tripped off the stuff back in the good ole' days.

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