The Green Fairy. The Myth. The Legend. The Banned and Back Again.
Absinthe is a curious spirit with a plethora of history attached to it. Absinthe draws its name from one of its core ingredients artemisia absinthium,commonly known as Wormwood. The use of wormwood for medicinal purposes dates back to Ancient Egypt. The Ancient Greek civilizations have also been found to have created a wine containing wormwood as well. Absinthe has been the spirit of choice by many famous philosophers and artists, such as Oscar Wilde, Vincent van Gogh, Ernest Hemingway, and Pablo Picasso.
Long thought to contain hallucinogenic properties, absinthe was banned from many countries including its most popular home of France. The truth is that absinthe has been shown to show no more hallucinogenic properties than any other spirit commercially available and the long time ban on absinthe has been repealed in many countries. Enjoying a 21st century revival, the Green Fairy has become a new again weapon in the modern mixologists arsenal.