This month, I will be blogging a topic starting with every letter of the alphabet. Today's topic is absinthe.
However, not everyone was impressed. In the early 1900s, absinthe was embattled on all sides. Prohibition proponents, wine companies, and doctors were all calling for a ban on the beautiful green drink. Legal cases were held up as proof of its evil nature, including murders, rapes, and deaths. Today, we know that wormwood- and therefore, absinthe- has no hallucinogenic properties but it has been a long struggle to reinstate it in many countries around the world.
Absinthe has once again become legal in the United States since 2007 and there are several imports and domestically-distilled products on the market. There are now several small micro-distillers producing traditional absinthe, such as St. George Absinthe Verte.
When purchasing absinthe, always do your homework first. Know the brand you are buying and how it was made. Purchasing what is essentially vodka with fennel flavoring is in no way the same experience as traditionally-distilled absinthe. If you buy absinthe in a bar or restaurant, try out several brands until you find the one you like best.