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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 herbal spirit, typically of green colour, and it contains the active agents of a herb called wormwood or vermouth (artemisia absinthium).

In a newspaper ad of 1769 the two Henriod sisters from Neuchatel, Switzerland, advertised their remedy "Bon Extrait d'Absinthe" which consisted of alcohol, wormwood, aniseed, lemon balm and other herbs. This formula was later distributed by a certain Dr. Ordinaire โ€“ and the success story of the "Green Fairy" was born. Around the year 1800 the formula was sold to Mr. H. L. Pernod of Pontarlier, France, where a minor production line was started and helped Pernod to gain a fame that lasted until our present time.

During the Algier War in the 19th century France made use of the inciting effects of Absinthe and provided the Soldiers with regular rations of the liquor. The veterans who had survived this war soon pushed the production output from 400 liters daily (appr. 90 gallons) to more than 20.000 liters (appr. 5.000 gallons) a day and more. Absinthe distilleries started to spread all over France like mushrooms.

However, artists and intellectuals of those times were the ones especially devoted to Absinthe. Many great works of contemporary art owe their existence to the inspiring effects of the spirit. Great names like Baudelaire, Manet, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Oscar Wilde, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, van Gogh, Gauguin and Picasso are found among these early adepts of Absinthe.

For different reasons around 1910 the total turnover of Absinthe distribution had reached immeasurable peaks. Many distilleries made use of low-grade alcohol which in some not too rare cases caused blindness among the consumers. These irresponsible dealings with the drink finally resulted in the prohibition of Absinthe in (almost) all countries of Europe by the year 1920.

Since in 1981 (and again in 1998) the European Community has returned to legalizing the production and distribution of Absinthe, the cult around this drink has experienced a true revival. Starting from London, Absinthe is about to conquer the club & party scene and leaves them all plunging back into the euphory of the 19th century.
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An alcoholic beverage, normally about 55-80% alcohol. Also contains thujone, found in wormwood, which is believed to cause hallucinations. Thujone over the years has had no evidence of causing hallucinations, even at high doses. Absinthe also contains minute amounts of thujone, meaning you would probably die from alcohol poisoning before you would start to hallucinate from the thujone, if it did cause hallucinations.
Drunk Guy: "I'm so fucked up off of this absinthe, and I'm still not seeing shit."
Sober Guy: "-_- use google and you'll find out it is not a hallucinogen."
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Referred to as "the green fairy" due to it's green coloring. Used by many famous authors and artists including Hemingway, Wilde, and Picasso. Causes hallucination and severe drunkenness. Traditionally taken with a cube of sugar and an absinthe spoon but you should drink it any way you can get it down. Very strong.
Wow that shot of absinthe tasted horrible but it's totally worth it! Whooooaaa! :falls down stairs:
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Strong alcoholic beverage that contains Artemesia Absinthium(also known as wormwood)alkaloids. Its usually green in color but turns white when diluted with water. The wormwood alkaloids cause a trip much like DXM, despite contrary belief there are no actual hallucinations, its more of an en opening of the mind to the real world around oneself around you. It was drank by a lot of famous artists, and writers such as Picasso, Edgar Allan Poe, and other deranged people of that time period.
Me:Wow, Poe was right this absinthe is kickin' my ass.
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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 Fรฉe Verte
Man i had one shot of absinthe last night and i can't remember a thing!
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