The first commercial absinthe appeared in 1798.
By the mid 1850s, tens of thousands of liters of absinthe were being produced every day and shipped across Europe.
Absinthe was given the name “La Fée Verte”, meaning “The Green Fairy.”
In Paris, absinthe became the most popular drink. The cocktail hour came to be called “L’Heure Verte”, meaning “The Green Hour.”
During the latter half of the 19th century, absinthe came to be the preferred drink of painters, poets, writers, and other artists.