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Apr 10, 2008 12:30 PM

Absinthe SD

I've seen articles written about Absinthe served at Currant in the Sofia Hotel and the Jolly Boy Saloon in Old Town...Anyone try it?

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  1. I've tried three that are currently out there - Lucid, Kubler, and the St. George. I'm not much of a fan of anise, so the Lucid and Kubler didn't do much for me. Oddly enough though, I love the St. George. The anise is prominent, but there's an herbal complexity that kind of distracted me from it. Unfortunately it's a bit hard to come by as they're not making enormous batches of it, and it sells like crazy.

    1. I had at the Edison up here in L.A. -- I'm not crazy about the taste either (either in the tradtitional style with sugar cube & water, or in a cocktail mixed with sparkling wine) -- reminds me of Jagermeister & Nyquil.


      1. Absinthe is just a trendy thing because it was illegal and not available in the US for the past 100 years. Also that there is a 'ritual' for drinking it. Most people actually don't like it. Those who like herbal spirits like pastis, anise liquors, digestifs, and aperitifs may like it. I predict it will hit the market hard for the next year or three, with quite a few new brands being released (I know quite a few artisanal distillers in the US who have plans to make it and release soon), then most will fade away and a bare few will sell for use in old cocktail recipes and by those who like herbal aperitifs and digestifs.

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        1. re: JMF

          I'd say that's a good assessment of the situation. There's also a romance to it as it's associated with writers and artists....Hemmingway, Van Gough, etc. who were around when it was very popular. This too has added to its allure, but in the end, not that many people will be attracted to its very strong anise and herbal flavors.

          Personally, I enjoy it. It's a nice, very refreshing drink and, of course, you can't make a proper sazerac cocktail without it.

          Here are some reviews I did of Lucid and St. George:

        2. Thanks all. I just wanted to know what all the hype is about. I understand that it's supposed to have hallucinogentic properties, but I also understand that they kind that may be available in the US might be different than what is abroad.

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          1. re: epicureous eggplant

            Supposedly the wormwood is the component in absinthe that produces the hallucinogenic effects; however, the amount used in the spirit is so minute it's most likely negligible.


            1. re: epicureous eggplant

              The whole hallucinogenic thing was false. The amount of thujone (the contested substance on grand wormwood) is first way too low. Second the amount that would cause even minimal mental effect, and not a pleasant one, or even hallucinogenic, is at the toxic level. The psychological effects were in fact the medical worlds first experiences in cataloging Delerium Tremens. The 'DT's" are hallucinations caused by alcohol withdrawal. The famous 'pink elephants.' This was caused by going 'cold turkey' (completely stopping use instantly, vs. cutting down slowly) in quitting alcohol addiction for severe alcoholics. Alcohol is the ONLY drug that can be fatal in quitting by going cold turkey.