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“La Fée Verte”
Despite the taste, Renaissance Europeans drank everything from wormwood-infused wine to wormwood-flavored beer, but it was the 17th century when apothecaries distilled the herb and actually created the Absinthe we know today.
The Artist's Muse
What made Absinthe even more popular is the wine shortage due to a disease that infected French vineyards at that time. Do remember this, it will be very important later. The artists obviously loved the Green Fairy, too: Pablo Picasso, James Joyce, Van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, and Ernest Hemingway, just to name a few.
Papa Ernie even invented his own cocktail by mixing Absinthe with champagne. He dubbed it “Death in the Afternoon”. In a letter to his friend, he wrote: “I got drunk on Absinthe last night and did knife tricks. Great success shooting one into the piano.” Oscar Wilde even compared it to a sunset!
The Devil's Potion
With some help from the anti-drinking Temperance Movement, the green Spirit was banned before you can say "wait a minute!"
Switzerland abolished it in 1910, followed by America in 1912 and France in 1915. And it stayed that way for almost a century. Funny thing, too, because in reality, Absinthe doesn't make you hallucinate at all. We know, right?
In any case, we're lucky we're living in a world where Absinthe is legal again.
Switzerland lifted the ban in 2005, while America did it two years later. That means Absinthe was still illegal in the States when James Blunt told us we’re beautiful!
Considering new types of Absinthe are being invented all the time - there’s even a frozen one out there - we shouldn’t worry about the future of the Green Fairy.
Tell us what’s your favorite Absinthe in the comments below. Cheers!