A supposedly narcotic spirit which originated in the 17th century and became popular during the turn of the century in Europe and further popularized by famous artists and writers.

Absinthe has an opaque green color with a licorice aroma and a high alcohol content, typically containing anise, artemesia pontica, melissa, fennel, hyssop and lemonbalm; some immitation absinthes contain the original controversial ingredient wormwood, which contains the neurotoxin thujone.

Immitation absinthes, despite manufacturers claims, have only a general similarity with absinthes drank a century ago. The historically romanticized drink was Pernod Fils, a French Absinthe, which contained wormwood, and the exact recipe of which was never known. However, in 2004 It was painstakingly resurrected by microbiologist Ted Breaux, who owned two original bottles, and formed a private company selling limited batches of the real thing.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world."
- Oscar Wilde
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Absinthe is a distilled spirit infused with herbs including the thujone-containing Aretmesia absinthium. Many describe its effects as significantly different than alcohol alone, but the nature of thujone's effects are much disputed. It was popularized in the late 19th century and associated with the bohemian artistic movements of the time. Also known as Green Fairy, Green Goddess, La Fée Verte
Man i had one shot of absinthe last night and i can't remember a thing!
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High alcohol volume. Very high. 85%. A mouthful is about 4 beers' worth. Has a strong liquorice taste and smell, but you don't taste it if you drink it straight.

REALLY warms you up.
"Mate, check look at the back of the bottle- 'VERY high alcohol volume. Do NOT drink neat'"
"Uhh, I just drank 3 mouthfuls... Absinthe is the Elixcer of God..."
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An alchoholic beverage consisting of the essential oils of Sweet Fennel, Anise, and Grand Wormwood. Usually appears green in color due to the herbs used to naturally color it. The extracts are mixed with a base of alchohol (usually between 55 - 83% ABV), which makes the spirit Absinthe, and is prepared with cold water and sugar to create an opaque light green drink. The drink is never drunk neat. When using the French method, a specially slotted spoon is set on top of a cup with about 1-1/2 oz of Absinthe and a sugar cube is placed on the spoon while ice water is slowly poured on the cube. The ice water and the Absinthe causes the drink to cloud up (called louching) due to the non water-soluable nature of the herbal oils. This is what brings out the real flavor of Absinthe and the drink usually sits at about the ABV of a good glass of wine when prepared.

American Absinthe limits the amout of the "apparent" psychoactive drug in Grand Wormwood (Artemesia Absinthium) called toujone, but one can buy foreign Absinthe online and get the normal levels of toujone. The psychoactive drug was one of the causes of it being labled for causing hallucinations, but these claimes were falsified a little after the turn of the 20th century due to it's popularity, the failing wine industry and the growing prohibitionist movement in Europe.

Romanticized as "Le Fee Verte", "The Green Fairy", and "The Green Goddess".
I usually like my Absinthe mixed with 3-4 oz of ice water and 1 cube of sugar.
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One of the greatest drinks ever invented. As rumor has it, Van Gough was drinking a lot of absinthe right before he cut off his own ear. As well as that, 9 shots can be fatal apparently!! Love the mystery that is.....
(Absinthe is a tits machine of a drink!)
Just go to the supermarket and buy some. But real absinthe is always better.
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green alcohol drink. Good stuff is halucenogenic. Bad stuff just gets you drunk as hell. Either way it's worth it. Tastes horrendous. Tastes good with a bit of chocolate candy. Reccomend drinking it with a sugar cube. If your gonna have an international plane flight the next day. I reccomend stopping some where short of puking drunk if you can manage it. Because if you don't puke the hangover is pretty manageable.
Friend of mine sees cat on street during walk home. Starts chasing it and shout "you are my destiny!"
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"Absinthe, the drink that makes you want to kill yourself instantly".
by Uncle Jez January 7, 2010
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