Absinthe was made legal in most countries in the 1990s so now there are many online companies where you can buy your Absinthe bottle and then there are numerous brands available. Drinkshop.com, for example, in their web store, sell 4 brands from the Czech Republic, 14 from France, 6 from Italy, 1 from Slovenia, 3 from Spain and 3 from Switzerland – a wide variety.
One other way of procuring Absinthe is to find Absinthe essences and then make www.absinthe-spoons.com your own personal Absinthe bottle. These essences are the identical essences used by some distilleries and you refer to the instructions and integrate them to vodka or Everclear – a fantastically economical approach to help make your own personal, original and traditional Absinthe. These essences can be found at the web shop AbsintheKit.com and also Absinthiana, other Absinthe accoutrements or products, like Absinthe glasses, spoons and artistic product labels inspired by Van Gogh and La Fee Verte (Green Fairy) to make your bottles look appealing and original. A bottle of your own Absinthe would make the most perfect gift, no contest.
A lot of people still speak out contrary to the legalization of Absinthe. One French anti-alcohol campaigner even claimed that if Absinthe was legalized in France then the country would develop into one big padded cell! Exactly why do people feel like this about Absinthe?
The Absinthe Ban
Absinthe was the favorite drink of countless artists and writers of the Bohemian period or “La Belle Epoque” in Paris, France. Famous Absinthe drinkers living in the Montmartre part of Paris, home to the popular Moulin Rouge, were Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Verlaine and Charles Baudelaire. Other famous Absinthe devotees were Ernest Hemingway, who drank it with champagne, and Oscar Wilde. Artists, poets and writers declared that Absinthe gave them genius and talent and that it liberated their senses. Others considered that it was akin to taking drugs, that it was psychoactive, an hallucinogen and that it caused psychedelic effects. Absinthe was even held responsible for a french man murdering his family, despite the fact that he was an alcoholic who had consumed much more other alcohol than Absinthe.
The alleged negative effects of Absinthe drinking caused it to be restricted in France in 1915 and also in several other countries around the world. It was never forbidden in Spain, Portugal, the UK and the Czech Republic.
Studies have shown that Absinthe is not as dangerous as once thought, that it only contains minute quantities of thujone (the chemical considered to cause the dangerous effects) but that it should be consumed carefully because it’s quite strong – twice the alcohol of whisky and vodka.
The legends encircling Absinthe as well as its interesting history have meant that original items such as the Absinthe bottle, Absinthe glasses, spoons, fountains, brouillers and posters became highly collectible antiques.
Marie Claude Delahay, a researcher and historian of Absinthe has published books regarding Absinthe and has even started out an Absinthe museum in Auvers-sur-Oise. Her spoons have already been utilized in films my blog such as Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula!
A famous antique spoon is the spoon which was made to commemorate the launching of the Eiffel Tower in 1889 – the spoon is in the form of this famous Parisian icon!
There are various types of Absinthe glass too – the Reservoir, the Cordon, which is the most rare, and the Pontarlier are the most collectible as they were used mainly for Absinthe and never used in other beverages.
If you love the appearance of these antique spoons and glasses, yet not the costs, then replicas are available from companies like AbsintheKit.com and you can always visit Delahay’s museum north of Paris to see the real items.
The first Absinthe bottle, just like the Pernod bottle, could also be seen at museums just like Delahay’s or bought online.