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Test your knowledge about absinthe!

1) What is absinthe?

  • Absinthe is a form of nuclear energy
  • Absinthe is an herbal spirit
  • Absinthe is a kind of cake sold in France
  • Absinthe is a delicious, malted beverage flavored with horse meat

2) What are absinthe’s main ingredients?

  • licorice, spices, and liqueur
  • arugula, bitter herbs, and lots of sesame seeds
  • green anise, florence fennel, and grand wormwood
  • goat milk, candied walnuts, and aged gouda

 3) What is the approximate alcohol content of a typical high-quality absinthe?

  • 5% alcohol
  • 12% alcohol
  • 40% alcohol
  • 70% alcohol

 4) Absinthe was banned in the USA on what date?

  • April 25, 1846
  • April 14, 1865
  • July 25, 1912
  • December 8, 1941

 5) When was absinthe once again authorized for sale in the USA?

  • April 30th, 1992
  • March 5th, 2007
  • January 10th, 2012
  • Abinsthe is still illegal for purchase in the USA

 6) How safe is it to drink absinthe?

  • One to two sips is safe; any more than that will cause insanity
  • Unsafe; a half drop will make you kill your best friend
  • Very safe; drinking five bottles or more will protect you from car accidents
  • It is strong alcohol — drink it responsibly, and you’ll be fine.

 7) What is one of the earliest known uses of wormwood, one of absinthe’s main ingredients?

  • In ancient Greek times, Pythagoras, the man who invented the Pythagorean theorem, recommended wormwood for women in labor
  • In the 7th century, Christian priests dressed virgins in wormwood before sacrificing them
  • In The Middle Ages, knights chewed wormwood to freshen their breath
  • In 1492, Christopher Columbus stole wormwood from the Native Americans because he wanted to be a douchebag

 8) Are the rumors true? Does absinthe really cause hallucinations?

  • Maybe — scientific results are inconclusive
  • Yes — absinthe has been shown to cause hallucinations in laboratory whales
  • No — absinthe is not hallucinogenic and never has been
  • The answer depends on the mood of the flying meatloaf melting in the sky

 9) What color is absinthe?

  • blue
  • green
  • clear
  • Any of the above

10) What famous writer said of absinthe:

“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.”

  • Oscar Wilde
  • William Shakespeare
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Rudolf Vunderheert Eagledog VIII


  1. Absinthe is an herbal spirit
  2. green anise, florence fennel, and grand wormwood
  3. 70% alcohol
  4. July 25, 1912
  5. March 5th, 2007
  6. It is strong alcohol
  7. In ancient Greek times
  8. No
  9. any of the above
  10. Oscar Wilde

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