The home of Lucid Absinthe is the Combier Distillery. In this distillery, Lucid Absinthe is made from fresh herbs. The Combier Distillery began its life in the 19th century in the picturesque village of Saumur, just 200 miles southwest of Paris in the heart of France’s historic Loire Valley.
Below is a photograph of the Combier Distillery in 1902.
And below this text is a photograph of the Combier Distillery in 2012.
As you can see, the distillery has remained largely unchanged over the years. In fact, it still uses equipment from 1870.
Historically, absinthe has been popular with artists and creative types. Many artists have found that it brings to their minds a certain clarity of thought and inspires them to increase their creative output. Absinthe’s historical allure in this regard, as well as its unique taste, unusual appearance, and mode of preparation, gives it a certain appeal that extends beyond simply ‘drinking’ it. Today, many celebrities enjoy absinthe; below, we offer up a few quotes of celebrities talking about the green fairy.
“For my birthday, I did one shot [of absinthe] to try it, and that was it. I was drunk immediately.”
– Evan Rachel Wood
“The last hour of the night, I was drinking absinthe. There’s not a chance I’m gonna change.”
– Tommy Lee
In the Francis Ford Coppola film “Dracula” (1992), the character of Dracula, played by Gary Oldman, charms Winona Ryder’s character over a glass of absinthe.
Absinthe in “Total Eclipse” (1995)
In this 1995 film depicting the love affair between two artists, the artist played by Leonardo DiCaprio sits at a table where men drink absinthe, as was the custom in those days. Moreover, DiCaprio’s character listens to another artist read aloud a poem entitled “Green Absinthe.”
Absinthe in “Get Him To The Greek” (2010)
In this 2010 comedy starring Jonah Hill and Russell Brand, both of their characters drink absinthe during a night out.
This cocktail is named after the USS Maine, which was the U.S. Navy’s second commissioned battleship. Commissioned in 1895, it was sunk by an explosion in 1898, while in Havana Harbor, Cuba, an event which precipitated The Spanish–American War, and the patriotic American rallying cry: “Remember the Maine! To Hell with Spain!”
The Dr. Funk cocktail was popularized by the tiki bar Don the Beachcomber, which opened in 1933 in Hollywood. It was also popularized by Trader Vic, the restaurant entrepreneur who opened a bunch of Polynesian-themed restaurants in the early to mid 20th century. The original cocktail uses absinthe, but later versions switch to rum. Learn more about the drink here.