Absinthe was historically a great equalizer — no matter a person’s income, social status, or gender, he or she enjoyed it daily during the late afternoon “green hour” (“l’heure verte”). Absinthe was remarkable in that women enjoyed absinthe freely, which was very progressive for late 1800s France! Absinthe was widely advertised toward women as a refined drink for refined ladies; in other words, it was considered a proper drink for a lady — and still is! Women drank absinthe by themselves and also with men, as social custom. Aristocratic women had their absinthe prepared for them.