Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Chasing the green fairy

I haven’t caught her yet. I have had a fascination with absinthe for years. I was pleased to learn earlier this year that it is now (for the first time since 1912) being legally produced in America. I was even more pleased to see it listed in the UFS ad this Sunday. I made it a goal to finally try this drink very soon AND figured it would be an interesting blog topic. My plan was to, of course, write a review of Lucid absinthe http://www.drinklucid.com/ , but also include pictures of the traditional way to make an absinthe drink and the changes the green liquid undergoes. I would also include interesting historical and health-oriented facts about the drink. (I never embark upon a potentially hallucinogenic adventure without doing my research.)

I was slightly disappointed that absinthe was the topic of Stephen Colbert’s “The Word” last night. The word was Absinthetinence. http://www.comedycentral.com/motherload/index.jhtml?ml_video=123820
Stephen Colbert is encouraging young people to abstain from imbibing absinthe. He seems to be perpetuating the myth that absinthe causes insanity, whereas, in reality, today’s legal absinthe is no more brain damaging than any other alcoholic drink. Also, if absinthe wasn’t gaining in popularity already, I bet everyone at Colbert Nation is out purchasing some right now. Soon, the web will be loaded with blog entries about absinthe, and I wanted to be one of the first (maybe around here at least) to try it/ write about it.

Oh well, review still to come. I am having surgery tomorrow, so I can’t drink alcohol for a couple days. I do not want to spend the money right now for an absinthe glass, or spoon, or fountain. So I will probably be using a snifter, a slotted spoon and a sports bottle. I will still be able to make a traditional louche. If you are not familiar with absinthe, don’t worry; I will give you all the details about this fascinating liqueur. My plan for later this week: recover from surgery with a bottle of absinthe.

8 comments:

i do not know me said...

I am very interested to hear about your experience with absinthe. I have been curious about it for a few years as well.

Katie said...

We tried it a while ago. Our bottle is still mostly full actually. I'll be interested to see your opinion on it.

My Flock Rocks! said...

Get Well Soon!
I can't wait to hear more about this "Absinthe" :)

Jimi said...

I've drunk absinthe. It was a very mellow and enjoyable evening spent with friends. The stuff tastes terrible even after pouring over a sugar cube on a slotted spoon and lighting. I had the original stuff from the Czech Republic. You can get really drunkers fast if you aren't careful.

i do not know me said...

I just saw the video for NIN's "The Perfect Drug". The video features absinthe preparation and drinking. Excellent video.

Secret Server said...

Oh cool. I had never seen that video before. I just looked it up. Well, I will have to postpone my tasting awhile longer. I am needing my Percoset for pain after my surgery and do not want to mix with alcohol.

Teresa said...

That is so weird...because last week Doug and I were watching Dracula, and we started talking about Absinthe, and how illegal it is and etc...you get the drift. And now boom...here it is. Please let us know asap how it goes in tasting, as we are both very curious as well.
PS...good luck with the surgery, and if I forgot to say it earlier, it was great to meet you at the blogger bash, even though we didnt get to talk much...
Next time, we'll make time! :o)

Jaded

Anonymous said...

I've been wantign to "chase the green fairy" for quite a while now
me and my friend and her dad are acctually thinking about trying to get some absinthe. (: