Back in the day, absinthe was a medicine that was bottled as a concentrate, usually between 120 and 144 proof. It was delicious, and it was good for you.
Some people claim the Russian word for wormwood is chernobyl; however, this claim may very well not be true.
The green anise used in authentic absinthe is a small Mediterranean seed. It is not the star-shaped stuff that comes from Asia.