Last week the French Senate voted to lift the 96 year ban on absinthe. Does anybody, besides me, find it ironic that France has been producing very good absinthe since about 2000, but you couldn’t buy it or drink it there? It could only be produced for export. Funny that they thought absinthe was so bad that it had to be banned, but it was ok to make it and sell it to other countires.
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Our friend R. Winston Guthrie’s book “A Taste for Absinthe” arrives at book stores Tuesday, Sept. 21. He was kind enough to send me an advanced copy. It’s a collection of 65 absinthe cocktail recipes compiled from mixmasters and bartenders nationwide. It also includes a brief history of absinthe, how to tell real absinthe from fake absinthe, some absinthe reviews and much more. This great book was published by Random House and the production quality is excellent. From the hardback to the quality of the paper and the superb photography, this book is top notch. Whether you’re an experienced abintheur or a novice, this book has something for everyone. Well worth the modest selling price!
It’s the 3 year anniversary of the glorious return of the Green Fairy to the US. Can you believe it’s been that long? I urge all of you to write your Congressmen, write your Senators, hell, even write Obama and ask them to declare today, March 5th, “Absinthe Day”, a national holiday . All of us here at Absinthe.FM wish everyone out there a great, green day and weekend, with many more to come. Cheers
It was exactly 5 years ago today that Switzerland re-legalized absinthe after , to the day, a 100 year ban. That’s great as it gave us the wonderful Suisse La Bleue Clandestine absinthe, one of the best on the market and available here at Absinthe.FM . Coming up Friday – the 3 year anniversary of the re-legalization of absinthe here in the US.
Scheduled to begin filming next year “The Absinthe Drinkers” stars Keith Carradine, John Hurt, and Tim Roth. “The Absinthe Drinkers” tells the story of a talented young woman (curiously named Artemesia) painter’s desperate struggle to succeed in the male-dominated art world of 19th century Paris and Florence – and the dire consequences of her descent into their world of debauchery.
Although not specifically about absinthe drinking, I’m sure it will have some great absinthe scenes.
The April issue of Gourmet has a good two page article on absinthe. It briefly touches on the history and goes into thujone levels. It’s also humerous and worth a look!
The March 2009 issue of the prestigious epicurean wine and food magazine Bon Appetit has a 1 page article on absinthe. They have a great picture, with instuctions, of absinthe being made (although the sugar cube is on fire, which I would never do). They also have a small review of the following absinthes: Kubler, Vieux Pontalier, Pernod Absinthe, St George Absinthe Verte, and Nouvelle Orleans. If you go to their website there are also a few more articles on it. I really think it’s awesome that absinthe is featured in such a respected magazine as this, along with National Geographic ( see previous blog). It’s about time that absinthe gets the attention and recognition that this fine drink deserves.
That’s right! Believe it or not one of the world’s most pretigious magazines, National Geographic, had a 1 page article on the legalization of absinthe in the US. It’s in the July 2008 issue on page 32. It’s got a great picture of absinthe in a bubble reservoir glass with the sugar cube on fire. If you go to their website they also have a short video on absinthe. Check it out!
Hi there, just stumbled upon an article about the Absinthe on the net. Check it out. Although they mention Absinthe was first legalized in the USA before Switzerland, that´s not true…