The Best Absinthe Videos on The Internet

For your viewing pleasure, here is a compilation of the best absinthe videos on the internet.  There are a lot of terrible absinthe videos out there, so we have been selective!

A brief history of absinthe with Lucid distiller Ted Breaux

Lucid Absinthe’s The Kiss

Lucid’s Ted Breaux passionately discusses what absinthe is about

A bottle of absinthe refills itself.

Lucid distiller Ted Breaux explains how to prepare absinthe properly

And finally…

An Englishman tries absinthe for the very first time.

(WordPress refuses to show this video directly, but it’s a terrific video and well worth watching!)

100 Year Old Absinthe

Aged absinthes from the pre-ban absinthe era are rare and become rarer every time someone enjoys a bottle!  Not only are these 100 year old absinthes drinkable, their taste is coveted by many absinthe connoisseurs, who pay top dollar for a bottle.  These aged absinthes are notable not only for their coveted taste but also for their unique amber brown color.  Though the absinthes were once green, just like ‘regular’ absinthes, the chlorophyll has aged and turned from green to amber brown, in exactly the same way that the chlorophyll in leaves turns from green to brown as it ages.  This aging process results in a markedly different taste that is said to be worth trying if you can spare the expense.

Pernod Absinthe circa 1910

If you are interested in trying a pre-ban absinthe before they are all gone, please visit The Vintage Absinthe Museum Web Shop.

The Virtual Absinthe Museum

Why Is Absinthe Green?

Absinthe is green for the same reason that leaves are green:  both contain chlorophyll.

close-up of plant cell containing chlorophyll

Chlorophyll is the naturally occurring green pigment in plants.  Why is there chlorophyll in absinthe?  Because absinthe is whole herbs distilled in alcohol, and the whole herbs contain chlorophyll which turns the absinthe green.

Grand wormwood, one of the ingredients in Lucid Absinthe

Over a hundred years ago, a pink absinthe was apparently sold to women, though no surviving bottles exist for purposes of verification.  The pink color does not occur naturally in the herbs, so the pink absinthe may have contained dyes.

an old advertisement for pink absinthe

In modern day, there are also absinthes being sold with colors other than green.  For example, as of the time of this writing, there is a ‘red’ absinthe on the market.  Please be aware that the natural color of absinthe is green (or, in the case of some surviving pre-ban absinthes, amber brown).  Any other color is not the natural color of the chlorophyll and is therefore not naturally occurring in the absinthe.  Moreover, even some green absinthes derive their color from artificial dyes rather than from the chlorophyll in the herbs.  Only authentic absinthes such as Lucid absinthe get their green color naturally from the chlorophyll in the herbs.  Always check the ingredients list on your absinthe bottle to make sure that your absinthe does not contain any artificial dyes.

Excerpts from Poems About Absinthe

First up: Raoul Ponchon’s poem, “Five o’clock absinthe”

  • “It’s surely time for an absinthe / Don’t you think, my son?”
  • “You have your absinthe, it’s all about preparation”
  • “Absinthe wants first, beautiful ice water”
  • “Always rouse her from the first drop / … Like so.. and so… very gently / Then behold her quiver, all vibrant / With an innocent smile”

Next up: A humorous short story, “Absinthes”, published in 1885 by Aphonse Allais

  • “Good stuff, absinthe. Not the first mouthful, perhaps. But after that. Good stuff.”
  • “Good fun, absinthe with sugar, but can’t stand around all day waiting for it to melt.”

Next up:  Ernest Dowson’s 1899 poem, “Absinthia Taetra”

  • “Green changed to white, emerald to opal; nothing was changed. “
  • “The man let the water trickle gently into his glass, and as the green clouded, a mist fell from his mind.”

Next up: Raoul Ponchon’s 1886 poem, “The Sonnet of Absinthe”

  • “Absinthe, O my lively liquor / It seems, when I drink you / I inhale the young forest’s soul / During the beautiful green season”
  • “Your perfume disconcerts me / And in your opalescence / I see the full heavens of yore / As through an open gate”

Next up: Marie Corelli’s 1890 book, “Wormwood: A Drama of Paris”

  • “Life without Absinthe! I can not imagine it! / For me it would be impossible!”
  • “With this divine nectar of Olympus I can defy misfortune and laugh at poverty / as though they were the merest bagatels.”

And finally, a quote from “”Lendemain” by Charles Cros:

  • “Absinthe, on a winter evening / Lights up in green the sooty soul”

Absinthe In The News

Absinthe Fact: How Alcoholic Is Absinthe?

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

If you can’t view the slideshow above, here’s the story:

How To Drink Lucid Absinthe Properly

Preparing Lucid Absinthe according to historical tradition brings out its unique and delicious taste, as well as its complex flavor notes.  Lucid Absinthe is a very strong spirit that should be diluted with iced water prior to consumption, at a ratio of 3-5 parts iced water to 1 part absinthe.  Diluting at this ratio frees the essential oils of the herbs from the alcohol, thus releasing Lucid Absinthe’s complex herbal taste.

In addition, like any alcoholic spirit, Lucid Absinthe should always be chilled prior to consumption, as chilled absinthe is delicious but warm absinthe goes down very badly.

For a more detailed explanation of how to drink Lucid Absinthe properly, please watch:

Please note: drinking absinthe neat or out of the bottle is never recommended, as the absinthe will be highly concentrated and its complex herbal flavor will be lost.

History: Writers and Absinthe

Many famous writers appreciated absinthe and had strong, positive opinions about it:

“A glass of Absinthe is as poetic as every other thing.”
– Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900)

“Absinthe [is] for poets.”
– Ernest Dowson (1867 – 1900)

“Absinthe… should cleanse, fortify and perfume the human soul.”
– Aleister Crowley (1875 – 1947)

“[Drinking] Absinthe cocktails in a hermetically sealed apartment in the Royalton.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 – 1940)

“The absinthe made everything seem better. I drank it without sugar in the dripping glass, and it was pleasantly bitter.”
– Ernest Hemingway (1899 – 1961)

Absinthe Fact: What is Absinthe Made Of?

Absinthe is basically herbs distilled in alcohol.  The three essential herbs are:

  • grand wormwood
  • green anise
  • sweet fennel


Any absinthe lacking one or more of these herbs is not genuine absinthe in the historical sense.

Absinthes also contain other herbs, which vary according to the recipe.

Genuine absinthe, such as Lucid Absinthe, does not contain sugar or dyes — its color and flavor comes directly from its whole herbs.

Delicious Absinthe Cocktail for the Weekend

The Lucid Frappe Cocktail

Four simple ingredients:

  • 1 oz of Lucid absinthe
  • ½ oz of simple syrup
  • 6–8 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 oz of soda water

Instructions:

Add absinthe, simple syrup and fill with crushed ice. Pour mixture into shaker and shake vigorously. Pour contents into glass, top with splash of soda water and garnish with mint sprig. Muddle mint leaves in the bottom of a frappe style glass.  Voila!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.