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Absinthe is a liquor which is named after a plant called "artemisia." Fourteen herbs are macerated in a grape spirit to create absinthe, including Hyssop, Mint, and Wormwood, which is the largest component. Absinthe is typically green colored, but can also be found in blue.

  • First made by H. L. Pernod in 1797.

  • May be served with water, but has a ritual.
  • Ritual requires balancing a sugar cube on a special flat, pierced spoon suspended over a glass. Absinthe is poured over the sugar cube and into the glass.

  • Absinthe made from wormwood contains a drug which has serious effects on the nervous system.1


  • 1. Larousse Gastronomique, Montagne, Prosper, New York, 2001, Clarkson Potter, 978-0609609712 

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