The Absinthe fairy was used on Absinthe label and posters. The film Moulin Rouge was focused on the french Bohemian culture of Montmartre in Paris where the Green Fairy Absinthe 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. Writers and artists said that they gained inspiration due to Absinthe and many pieces of art focus Absinthe or Absinthe drinkers. The Belle Epoque period of history is known as the hey day for Absinthe.
Absinthe, also known as Absynthe, is a strong liquor made from herbs and essential oils. The basic ingredient of it is the herb wormwood, an extract from the plant wormwood or artemisia absinthium. The characteristic bitter taste and anise flavor of Absinthe comes from wormwood and herbs respectively.
Thujone, a chemical found in wormwood oil, was thought to be psychoactive and to give psychedelic effects, cause hallucinations and eventually insanity. This combined with the loose morals of the drinkers in Montmartre gave prohibition campaigners ammunition to get Absinthe banned in France in 1915. There was restriction in buying or selling of Absinthe. It was also unauthorized in other countries. 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 one of the substitute of Absinthe.
Bootleg absinthe was still distilled and sold in many countries which meant that the distilling of Absinthe has never been lost.
Although Switzerland is home of Absinthe but Absinthe was not legalized there until 2005. You can now buy Absinthe and Absinthe essence kits online along with Absinthiana such as glasses, spoons and fountains. A special antique or replica glass with a proper spoon really adds to the Absinthe preparation ritual.
As per studies the thujone content in Absinthe is very less so it was not restricted in many countries. In comparison to other spirits Absinthe is much higher in alcohol then also it was never prepared to drink neat. An individual can feel the enjoyment of La Louche after mixing it with iced water.
By purchasing real wormwood Absinthe from the websites a person can prepare his own bottled Absinthe.com.