Absinthe is a unique anise-flavored alcoholic beverage flavored with a variety of herbs, including anise, grande woodworm and Florence fennel. This beverage is distilled using neutral grains and may include other herbs and flavorings including coriander, star anise, nutmeg, juniper, angelica root, sweet flag veronica, hyssop, melissa and dittany leaves. Absinthe was originally a 136-proof alcoholic drink enjoyed by many who love spicy beverages.

Absinthe is originally clear. This version of the liquor is known as Blanche. However, other ingredients or artificial colors can change the hue of the beverage. Hyssop, petite wormwood can change the color of the liquor to a bright color. Other colors include red and blue.

The History of Absinthe

Absinthe was outlawed in several countries due to its effects on the body. In the past, imbibers of this liquor could suffer debilitating illnesses and death after over indulging.

After being banned for 95 years, the ban was lifted in 2007 in the United States. Many brands have lowered the levels of thujone, thus reducing the consequences of this beverage. While this beverage’s ban was in effect, absinthe kits were popular, yet dangerous. If too much wormwood is used during distillation, the drink can become poisonous.


Absinthe has been enjoyed by numerous famous people throughout the ages. Creative individuals and artists, including Oscar Wilde, Earnest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Arthur Rimbaud and Edgar Allen Poe, have attributed absinthe to their works. The best-known artist who enjoyed absinthe was Vincent Van Gogh. Van Gogh enjoyed absinthe for years and painted still lifes of this potent liquor. Some historians believe he was under the influence of absinthe when he cut off his own ear.


In cocktails, Pernod, Herbsaint, Anisette and Abisante are frequently used in place of Absinthe.

Although it is often classified with the liqueurs, Absinthe doesn’t contain sugar so it is really a liquor.


There are many brands that are available around the world since absinthe became legal.  These are simply some of the well known brands:

  • La Fee
  • Absinthe Abtshof
  • Kubler
  • Obsello
  • Pernod
  • St. George Absinthe Verte
  • La Sorciere
  • Lucid
  • Mansithe
  • Mata Hari


Absinthe should not be drunk straight. The pungent taste and potency can affect your taste buds for a couple of days. Instead, you should use a preparation method called the absinthe ritual. The liquor is mixed with a sugar cube and a bit of water with special spoons and glasses.

Absinthe with sugar


There are lots of excellent cocktails around. When making a drink with absinthe,  you should keep in mind that the anise is a strong flavor and it’s suggested to determine its portion in line with the recipe.  Furthermore, make sure to clean the shaker, spoons and other  tools that have been in contact with absinthe because the flavor and scent usually stays for quite a while and taint other drinks.