Where is Lucid Absinthe made?

The home of Lucid Absinthe — Combier Distillery, France

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.

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And below this text is a photograph of the Combier Distillery in 2012.

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As you can see, the distillery has remained largely unchanged over the years. In fact, it still uses equipment from 1870.

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Celebrities and Absinthe

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.

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“For my birthday, I did one shot [of absinthe] to try it, and that was it. I was drunk immediately.”
– Evan Rachel Wood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tommy Lee

“The last hour of the night, I was drinking absinthe. There’s not a chance I’m gonna change.”
– Tommy Lee

Absinthe at the Movies, Part III

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Absinthe in “Dracula” (1992)

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.

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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.”

 

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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.

Absinthe at the Movies, Part II

Absinthe in “Van Helsing” (2004)

Kate Beckinsale in Van Helsing.

In the film “Van Helsing,” Kate Beckinsale’s character, who is called Anna Valerious, drinks absinthe directly from the bottle. We do not recommend this.

Van Helsing: “I’ll find out someday what keeps me going.”
Anna Valerious: “Here’s to what keeps you going.”
Van Helsing: “Absinthe, Strong stuff.”

Absinthe in “Dorian Gray” (2009)

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In the 2009 movie “Dorian Gray,” absinthe is shown briefly, and it looks like it is being prepared in the traditional manner.

Absinthe in “Carnivale” (2003-2005)

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Though technically not a movie, the HBO series “Carnivale” is very cinematic. The blind seer Professor Lodz often drinks absinthe.

Maiden’s Blush Lucid Absinthe cocktail

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Ingredients:
  • 1/4 ounce Lucid Absinthe
  • 1 1/2 ounce gin
  • 1/ 2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce raspberry shrub
  • lemon wheel (for garnish)
Directions:
  • Pour the Lucid Absinthe into a chilled glass
  • Swirl the contents to coat the inside of the glass, and discard the extra absinthe
  • Combine gin, lemon juice, and raspberry shrub in a cocktail shaker filled with ice
  • Shake well
  • Strain into the absinthe rinsed glass, and serve garnished with a lemon wheel

“Remember the Maine” Lucid Absinthe cocktail

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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!”

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz rye
  • 3/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • 2 bar-spoons cherry heering
  • 1/2 bar-spoon Lucid absinthe

Directions:

  • Combine ingredients by stirring quickly

Note: photo originally from Adventures in Cocktails

The Dr. Funk Lucid Absinthe cocktail

Dr. Funk absinthe cocktail

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.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Lucid
  • 1/2 oz. grenadine
  • 2 small limes
  • 8 oz. soda water

Instructions:

  • Combine in a glass on the rocks
  • Garnish with the limes
  • Sit back, relax, and enjoy

Note: photo originally from The Pegu Blog

“The Earthquake” Absinthe Cocktail by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

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This recipe is an update of an original recipe created by the great painter and absinthe drinker, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. It is called “The Earthquake” due to the drink’s strength.

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Photo by Anna-Lucia Stone

Ingredients:

  • Lucid Absinthe
  • Cognac

Preparation:

  • Mix absinthe and cognac together in an absinthe glass at a ratio of 1 part absinthe to 1 part cognac.
  • Mix thoroughly to ensure drink consistency.
  • Gradually add iced water, exactly as with a traditional absinthe preparation.
  • Enjoy!

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: Painter and Absinthe Drinker

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was a great painter who found inspiration in absinthe.

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Lautrec liked to drink absinthe and paint. One of his most famous paintings is “Salon at the Rue des Moulins” (1894).

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Lautrec loved absinthe so much that he kept some in his hollowed-out cane.

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In the 2001 movie Moulin Rouge, Lautrec the painter and absinthe drinker is played by John Leguizamo (on the right).

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Lautrec once said,

“Do you know what it is like to be haunted by colors? To me… the color green… is something like… temptation.”

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One of Lautrec’s most famous paintings is of another absinthe drinker, Van Gogh.

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Here is a terrific article about the painter Lautrec, which talks a bit about how absinthe influenced what he drew: http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/art-and-absinthe-20121123-29y7z.html