The legendary drink that was banished at the turn of the last century is back and has become a favorite with young professionals; however, one ingredient is missing from the absinthe that is available in the USA – wormwood. Today absinthe minus thujone can be purchased and enjoyed legally.
So popular is absinthe amongst the young that culinary antique dealers are finding it hard to keep up with the demand for absinthe spoons, absinthe glasses and rare absinthe fountains. Absinthe is strong liquor which has herbal extracts from herbs such as anise, veronica, hyssop, licorice, lemon balm, fennel, angelica and of course wormwood. Wormwood contains thujone which is toxic if consumed in large quantities but in small quantity it acts a stimulant.
Absinthe has high alcohol content (as high as 60%) and this gives the licorice tasting liquor its famous kick. Absinthe is served with sugar and ice cold water. Absinthe ritual is followed in preparing the drink. The sugar cuts the bitterness and ice cold water is responsible for the louche effect. Louching happens when essential oils are precipitated in the solution. The emerald green liquid turns opaque white due to the louche effect.
Absinthe first came to the United States in New Orleans. Absinthe soon became very popular amongst authors, musicians, and other people associated with the world of art and literature. The old Absinthe House on Bourbon Street is a witness to absinthe’s popularity.
The simplest way to purchase absinthe in the United States is by the internet. Many US citizens are buying absinthe to see for themselves what the fuss is all about. Possessing and drinking absinthe is not a crime in the USA; however, production and sale is prohibited. Absinthe sold in the USA is thujone-free. Thujone is supposed to be the most active ingredient in absinthe that is responsible for its mystical effects.
Absinthe has gained acceptance the world over and it is just a matter of time that it will be permitted in the United States. Absinthe containing higher levels of thujone is finding their way into the United States. However, there is a way out for people who want this exotic drink. You can go online and order absinthe kits. The kits contain all the herbs required and detailed instructions on preparing your own absinthe. You just have to buy the neutral spirit and mix the herbs in the required quantity with the spirit and keep it for a few days. After few days you can strain out all the herbs and your own absinthe is ready. You can also buy absinthe essence and mix it with vodka and prepare your absinthe.
Absinthe called lucid is now available for sale in the United States. It is reported that lucid does not contain thujone and is prepared using the traditional French distillation techniques. Alcohol content in lucid is as high as 62%ABV.
However if you are interested in genuine absinthe, it is recommended that you order absinthe kits online from non-US producers and prepare your own absinthe. For genuine absinthe essence and other absinthe products like absinthe spoons and absinthe glasses visit absinthekit.com order your favorite absinthe essence and absinthe kit and spend a great evening with “The Green Fairy”
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