Absinthe is historically described as a distilled, highly alcoholic (45–74% ABV / 90–148 U.S. proof) beverage. It is an anise-flavoured spirit derived from botanicals, including the flowers and leaves of Artemisia absinthium (“grand wormwood”), together with green anise, sweet fennel, and other medicinal and culinary herbs. Absinthe traditionally has a natural green colour but may also be colourless. It is commonly referred to in historical literature as “la fée verte” (the green fairy). Although it is sometimes mistakenly referred to as a liqueur, absinthe is not traditionally bottled with added sugar; it is therefore classified as a spirit. Absinthe is traditionally bottled at a high level of alcohol by volume, but it is normally diluted with water prior to being consumed.
Here is more information about Absinthe and places around the world that serve it.
Absinthe has often been portrayed as a dangerously addictive psychoactive drug and hallucinogen. The chemical compound thujone, although present in the spirit in only trace amounts, was blamed for its alleged harmful effects. By 1915, absinthe had been banned in the United States and in much of Europe, including France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Austria-Hungary. Although absinthe was vilified, it has not been demonstrated to be any more dangerous than ordinary spirits. Recent studies have shown that absinthe’s psychoactive properties (apart from that of the alcohol) have been exaggerated. A revival of absinthe began in the 1990’s, following the adoption of modern European Union food and beverage laws that removed longstanding barriers to its production and sale. By the early 21st century, nearly 200 brands of absinthe were being produced in a dozen countries, most notably in France, Switzerland, Australia, Spain, and the Czech Republic.
11 rue d’Ormesson, 75004, Paris
Vert has 25 different kinds of absinthe. So if you don’t like the taste of one, you can try another. They also have all the paraphernalia you need, from spoons and glasses to fontaines. Remember the absinthe ritual and preparation is all part of the experience.
Křemencova 184/5, 110 00 Praha-Nové Město, Czech Republic
I have also been to this absinthe bar in Prague. There are many places to drink absinthe in Prague but there are a couple bars that have such a fun and enticing atmosphere and make the experience even more enchanting.
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The Absintherie Bar and Museum was opened several years ago, with the aim to introduce to you not only the taste of quality absinthe but also the correct way of its serving. The trained staff will be happy to answer any questions regarding all the products they offer and will show you how absinthe should be served.
In Absintherie, you can try about 60 kinds of absinthe. Based on these, they have also prepared special absinthe cocktails, absinthe ice-cream or slush. You can also get an absinthe beer, absinthe chocolate and other absinthe products. In other words, anyone can choose their favorite.
Antibes Absinthe Bar
25 Court Massena, 06600, Antibes, France
This absinthe bar transports you to a 1920’s speakeasy as you walk down into the cellar and are absorbed by this beautiful underground bar.
Looking from the street into the ordinary-looking smallish wine shop at this address, one would never suspect that, in the very back of the shop, there is a small door which leads to a short but steep staircase down to this little treasure of an ‘absinthe cave’.
87 Albion Street (corner of Bellevue Street)
Surry Hills Sydney NSW Australia 2010
The Parisian perfection at Absinthe Salon invite you to their imbibing premises of distinction to savor the delights and nuances of authentic French and Swiss absinthe. Whether you be an avid absinthe enthusiast or a novice setting out on your path, the experience will be sure to captivate and enthrall.
As the ice cold water drips slowly through the sugar cube,
as the absinthe swirls and dances in the glass below,
as the louche begins and the intoxicating aromas mingle,
La Fée Verte is released from her elixir and you are
transported to a bygone era … La Belle Époque.
Rosewood Hotel Georgia
801 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6C 1P7, Canada
Take a trip back to the Roaring Twenties, and enjoy live music, delicious drinks and plenty of decadence at Rosewood Hotel Georgia. Absinthe fountains aren’t something you see at many lounges and bars these days, but Prohibition’s Belle Époque replicas are a treat to try out, and they’re quite beautiful to look at, too.
2 Chome-19-23 Hasune, Itabashi, Tokyo 174-0046, Japan
This is a tiny dive of a bar which you carefully climb down to on a staircase decorated with skulls. They have absinthe from around the world. Including absinthe from their own country, Japan.