Absinthe – The “Green Fairy” loses its wings

Picture courtesy of WikipediaA recent article by Jason Wilson in The Washington Post reveals that the absinthe currently available on the market contain less than the 10 parts per million of thujone, the active ingredient in wormwood, forbidden by U.S. law. It seems the original ban was in place because there was no reliable way in the past to test for that criteria.

Though the upside of this may be better access to this mythical drink, the downside is that its legendary effects may never be experienced by modern seekers. As Oscar Wild said:

“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.”

Cooking with absinthe: Oyster Rockefeller
(Food Network)

More info: Absinthe at the Virtual Absinthe Museum

(photo: courtesy of wikipedia)
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