The Death At Dusk Cocktail

This cocktail is both delicious and beautiful to behold.

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Ingredients:

  • ¼ ounce Lucid Absinthe
  • ½ ounce crème de violette
  • 5 ounces sparkling wine
  • 1 maraschino cherry

Preparation:

  • Combine the crème de violette and wine
  • Float the absinthe on top
  • Add maraschino cherry as garnish

Aleister Crowley and Absinthe

The English mystic Aleister Crowley (1875 – 1947) found artistic inspiration during the Green Hour.

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In 1918, Crowley famously wrote an essay about the Green Goddess while at the Old Absinthe House in New Orleans.

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Below is a page from an early manuscript of Crowley’s essay, “The Green Goddess.”

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Absinthe Antiques

A new book by absintheur and Lucid fan Scott MacDonald features life-size photos of absinthe antiques from the mid 1800s through the early 20th century.

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The absinthe antiques in the book evoke a time of beauty, art, new technologies and changing culture.

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For more information about the book, visit its website at Absinthe Antiques.

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Lucid Absinthe Brunelle Cocktail

This cocktail is one of Lucid creator Ted Breaux’s favorite recipes.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 part Lucid Absinthe
  • 3-4 parts freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preparation:

  • Shake well and strain into cocktail glass. Add sugar to taste.

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The Absinthe Drinker

“The Absinthe Drinker” (1880) by François Raffaëlli

Le Buveur d'absinthe, 1880, François Raffaëlli

“The Absinthe Drinker” (1890) by Albert Emmanuel Bertrand

Le buveur d'absinthe, Albert Emmanuel Bertrand, (1890)

“The Absinthe Drinker” (1896) by Georges de Feure

La Buveuse d’Absinthe (1896), Georges de Feure

“The Absinthe Drinker” (1908) by Jean Béraud

Les buveur d'absinthe by Jean Béraud

100 years later…

“The Absinthe Drinker” (2008) by Hannecart Michelange

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Absinthe Art

The man had known the obscure night of the soul,

and lay even now in the valley of humiliation…

But for a little while he had forgotten.

– Ernest Downson (1867-1900), “Absinthia Taetra”

Les buveurs d'absinthe (Les Declasses), by Jean-Francois Raffaeli, oil on canvas, 1881, sold for 2,994,500 to the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco

This painting is “Les buveurs d’absinthe (Les Declasses)”, by Jean-Francois Raffaeli. It is an oil on canvas, painted in 1881. The painting sold for $2,994,500 to the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.

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If the sky opens on our heads,
We put absinthe to our lips.

– Octave Fere & Jules Cuvain, “Les Buveurs d’Absinthe” (1864)

Le buveur d’absinthe, Jean d’ESPARBÈS (1898-1968)

This painting is “Le buveur d’absinthe”, by Jean d’Esparbes (1898-1968).

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Absinthe News in Europe

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For absinthe lovers living in the European Union, the latest news:

In a vote, [European] lawmakers declared there was no need for the spirit to contain a minimum amount of thujone, the wormwood plant toxin that is believed to give [absinthe] its peculiar intensity.

More specifically, European Parliament has rejected a proposal that would have required drinks labeled “absinthe” to contain minimum levels of anethole and thujone (which can come from several herbs, including anise and wormwood, respectively). The European Parliament will continue to debate the definition of absinthe until a resolution is approved.

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Six Years Ago…

Six years ago, in March 2007, Lucid became the first genuine absinthe distributed and sold in the U.S. since 1912. There was no genuine absinthe sold in the USA prior to Lucid’s approval, just sugared, artificially colored imitations with no grande wormwood.

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Lucid is bottled at high proof, but that can be deceiving, as it is never taken neat.

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Absinthe’s Origins

Q: Do you know which country is the birthplace of absinthe?

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Q: Do you know who created the first absinthe?

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A: “Legend has it that absinthe was created by a French doctor living in Switzerland well over 200 years ago. What we make today is very similar to the earliest surviving, handwritten recipes: it’s the same basic ingredients, and the same methods.” – Lucid creator Ted Breaux

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Lucid Absinthe Creator Ted Breaux, In His Own Words

“For me, [Lucid Absinthe] is art. I can’t paint… making absinthe is my painting. A big alembic is my easel.”

Ted Breaux and his absinthe creations

“The finest original absinthes were — and should always be — artisanaly-crafted, completely natural distillations and infusions of whole herbs. That is how it was crafted in the 19th century, and it is how we [at Lucid] do it today. We even use antique absinthe making equipment.”

Lucid Absinthe is made in these Combier Distillery alambics

“The most common misconception about [Lucid] Absinthe is that we removed the grande wormwood. The truth is we actually use a lot of it. Furthermore, it is not a hallucinogenic.”

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“What I like about my job is that it never feels like a proper job, although it’s packed with unceasing challenges. What I like about [Lucid Absinthe] is that we deliver what we advertise.”

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“Artisanal absinthe like Lucid obtains its natural color from whole plants. Industrial absinthes are colored with artificial dyes that are usually listed on the label.”

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