Saturday, March 5, 2011

Booze Clues: National Absinthe Day

 

Toasting the Green Fairy

Absinthe Drip ShoesNBoozeThey say she was Vincent Van Gogh’s mistress, and her intoxicating kiss may have tricked him into cutting off his ear. Whether that’s true or not, Absinthe, A.K.A. the green fairy, has long been a favorite among artists and their cohorts. However, her hallucinogenic qualities (due to wormwood being one of her main ingredients) lead to her being banned in various countries. In 2007, Viridian Spirits convinced the U.S. government to lift its 95 year ban on the spirit, and Lucid Absinthe hit shelves, followed by various other brands. (Don’t worry, they’ve made sure it won’t induce hallucinations.) To celebrate the light green liquor’s return to our shores, March 5th has been declared National Absinthe Day. Let’s all toast with a classic Absinthe Drip.

Recipe:

1 ½ oz. Lucid Absinthe

Sugar Cube

Ice Water

Pour 1 ½ oz. Lucid into an absinthe glass.  Place sugar cube atop a flat, perforated spoon that rests on the rim of the glass.  Slowly drip 4-5 oz. of ice cold water on top of the sugar cube (or directly into the glass), which dissolves into the absinthe.  The cold water causes the Lucid to louche into an opalescent cloud as the herbal essences emerge from the absinthe and perfume the room.

*Recipe & image courtesy of Lucid Absinthe.

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