For most, you don’t have to be stuck inside your house, the weight of the world on you, to be slightly confused by the mythos behind absinthe. Does it make you hallucinate? Does it actually make you go crazy? Wait, isn’t it illegal? Well, the short answer if you think any of the above are true is that you are wrong. Sorry, but you are. That’s just the way to cookie crumbles (or in this case that’s the way the sugar cube melts).
While it does have a component that could in very, very large amounts make one hallucinate, your everyday drinker is not going to experience that (because you’d be dead after drinking multiple bottles of absinthe in one sitting). As for the illegal thing, it’s true that it was illegal for a long time, but as of the mid-2000s, absinthe is as legal in the US as whiskey.
While the absinthes below all share some commonalities (like containing the typical absinthe botanicals — wormwood, fennel, and star anise), each takes a slightly different interpretation of the drink. From the base spirit, to the other herbs added, to the amount of time those herbs are cooked, each is a little different in its approach.
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Whatever you’re looking for in an absinthe, these ten spirits below are a great place to start expanding your knowledge (and palate)!
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Copper & Kings Absinthe Blanche
Copper & Kings’ white absinthe is made from a Muscat brandy base and double-distilled before being diluted slightly before bottling to bring out the nose and palate. It’s also the only blanche
Following the lead of 19th century European distillers, Leopold Brothers Absinthe Verte starts with an imported Chilean pisco base to which the traditional
Chances are if your local shop or bar sells absinthe, Pernod will be on the menu — this is one of the most prominent names when it comes to
Warm, sweet, and spicy, this absinthe is pure New Orleans (if you hadn’t guessed from the name). Inspired by the absinthes that helped make the Crescent City the place to be in the 1800s, Jade Nouvelle-Orleans
You can’t get much closer to the history of absinthe than having a spirit made in “The Capital of
La Clandestine Absinthe is from the first legal
Letherbee takes a white absinthe recipe and ages it in new American oak casks for six months, resulting in a brilliant caramel color with all of the notes you expect in an
Utilizing methods that were used in the Belle Époche era in the 1890s, Redux Absinthe is the result of years of experimentation and digging into countless historical texts in order to find the optimal blend of herbs and spices. Redux is rich in anise, citrus, and licorice with a long, tantalizing, anise-filled finish.
Made by the husband and wife team of Kevin and Stacey Herson, Doc’s is the first legal absinthe made in Brooklyn. It’s distilled from malted spelt and barley and infused with ten different botanicals. The primary flavors are wormwood, anise, fennel, and mint. The licorice flavor, though, plays second fiddle, making it a great
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