Absinthe, how NOT to drink it-video
Absinthe. Isn’t that the stuff that caused Van Gogh to cut off his ear?
Poor absinthe is actually the victim of a smear campaign begun by temperance advocates in the 1880’s and it has never fully recovered. Absinthe doesn’t cause hallucinations as the popular misconception goes, rather, it is thought that the absinthe of the 1800’s was made with poisonous chemicals to give it it’s famous greenish hue, or green fairy as it was often called, which may have caused those absinthe drinkers to think that sunflowers were talking to them or whatever it was they imagined. Absinthe’s allure was further deepened by it’s association with bohemian artists and writers of the late 1800’s to early 20th century and their belief that it heightened their artistic sensibilities. It might also have something to do with the high alcohol content, clocking in at between 50 -75% alcohol, it’s no wonder it has to be diluted with water and sugar.
Lately, absinthe is enjoying a revival and I came across an organic absinthe at the recent London Real Food Fest. Interestingly, absinthe was never banned in the UK because it never gained popularity here, unlike the Continent where at one point, over 36 million litres a year were being consumed by the French alone. Biosinthe is made with all organically certified herbs as well as being distilled from organic wine. The distillery is situated in the Rhineland-Palatinate and made by Master Distiller, Fedor Back. Biosinthe is 60% proof, pretty potent stuff. If you want a quick lesson in how to prepare absinthe and how NOT to drink it, check out the video. I survived and no, sadly, no sunflowers talked to me on the way home….