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A History of Absinthe

Posted on March 16, 2012

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s day, we’ve decided to do a small tribute to the green fairy! Absinthe originated in the canton of Neuch√Ętel in Switzerland in the late 18th century. It arose to great popularity as an alcoholic drink in late 19th- and early 20th-century France, particularly among Parisian artists and writers. Owing in part to its association with bohemian culture, the consumption of absinthe was opposed by social conservatives and prohibitionists. Ernest Hemingway, Charles Baudelaire, Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Amedeo Modigliani, Vincent van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, Aleister Crowley and Alfred Jarry were all known absinthe drinkers. A Sazerac, the “original” cocktail, is the official drink of New Orleans. It is a very sweet, flavorful drink, and was originally…

Absinthe Prohibition Posters

Posted on March 16, 2012

Absinthe was made illegal in France in 1915 due to its narcotic properties.


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