The Absinthe fairy was used on Absinthe label and posters. Singer Kylie Minogue famously played the Green Fairy in the film Moulin Rouge which was based on the french Bohemian culture of Montmartre in Paris where Absinthe, the Green Fairy, was the favorite drink of artists and writers.
Absinthe Fairy Followers
Famous devotees of La Fee Verte, the Green Fairy, were Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Charles Baudelaire, Paul Gauguin, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway who created his own Absinthe cocktail “Death in the Afternoon” – a mix of Absinthe and champagne. According to the writers and artists Absinthe gave them their genius and their inspiration and numerous pieces of art of the time feature Absinthe or Absinthe drinkers. The Belle Epoque period of history was popular as the hey day for Absinthe.
Absinthe, also famous as Absynthe, is a strong liquor manufatured from herbs and essential oils. The basic ingredient of it is the herb wormwood, an extract from the plant wormwood or artemisia absinthium. Absinthe gets it characteristic bitter taste from wormwood and it’s anise flavor from herbs.
Thujone, a chemical found in wormwood oil, was thought to be psychoactive and to give psychedelic effects, cause hallucinations and eventually insanity. Absinthe was banned by prohibition campaigners ammunition in France because of the loose characters of the drinkers in Montmartre. Buying or selling Absinthe was outlawed. It was illegal in many other countries also. Spain, where Absinthe was called Absenta, Portugal, the UK and the Czech Republic never restricted the Green Fairy.
Absinthe Fairy and Prohibition
During the prohibition period, distilleries, such as the Pernod Fils distillery, started producing Absinthe substitutes such as Pernod Pastis to market to the people who were missing the anise flavor of Absinthe. Ricard was another Absinthe substitute.
The methods of distilling of Absinthe has never been out which is proved by the sell of distilled bootleg absinthe.
Being home of Absinthe Switzerland had to wait until 2005 for Absinthe’s legalization. You can now buy Absinthe and Absinthe essence kits online along with Absinthiana such as glasses, spoons and fountains. Drinking Absinthe out of a special antique or replica glass with a proper spoon give effects to the Absinthe preparation ritual.
Absinthe contained minute quantities of thujone which cannot harm a person so it was legalized in many places. Absinthe contains more alcohol than other spirits but was never designed to drink neat. To enjoy La Louche a person should mix it with iced water.
For making own bottled Absinthe one can get the real wormwood Absinthe and essences from several websites.com.