The Green Fairy. Banned in the United States for nearly a century, the potent green spirit made a re-appearance in the 90s. Absinthe is a high octane infusion of botanicals, primarily wormwood, green anise and sweet fennel.
Absinthe originated in Switzerland in the late 18th century gaining immense popularity in the late 19th- and early 20th-century in France. It was favored among Parisian artists and writers. Some famous absinthe lovers include: Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Charles Baudelaire, Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, Marcel Proust, Aleister Crowley, Erik Satie, Edgar Allan Poe, Lord Byron, Alfred Jarry, and Marilyn Manson.
Well-known for its high ABV some modern Franco–Suisse absinthes are bottled at up to 83.2% ABV, and some modern, cold-mixed bohemian-style absinthes can be bottled as high as 89.9% ABV. Browse the exciting world of Absinthe below!