Oscar Wilde described drinking absinthe as such: "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."
I’ve been a huge fan of absinthe for years…in that I’ve followed its mystique, read articles about its narcotic and hallucenogenic affects, and wondered if the main herbal ingredient in this elixir, Thujone…derived from the wormwood plant really can make you crazy if you drink enough. Until now I’d have never known without bootlegging it from some country where they don’t particularly care if you go insane.
However, cooler and more herbally infused heads have prevailed and absinthe…the real deal is now legal here in the US.
Here’s a great primer on the subject with a full tutorial on drinking this forbidden elixir. If you like Pernod or black licorice in general..you may like this stuff.
If you show up at my house with a green fog around you and you’re speaking in tongues….come on in and I’ll interview you (just bring the bottle so I can try it).
(Local tip: They have this at HyVee)