This absinthe spoon was made during World War I, from brass shell casings. If you look carefully, you can see two remarkable things: firstly, the soldier who owned this spoon inscribed his initials, “P.B.”, on the handle, and secondly, the holes form the date, “1914”.
One of the most expensive pre-ban absinthe spoons ever made, “Les Feuilles #20”. It was most likely used at high-end French hotels and restaurants.
The beautiful “Les Feuilles d’Absinthe #4 Absinthe Joanne”
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.
Do you know what three herbs are always found in authentic absinthe? This is basic absinthe knowledge that we want every Lucid fan to have.
Here’s a tough question for you. Do you know what non-essential herbs can be found in absinthe? That means herbs that aren’t required but that add flavor.
The three herbs that are always found in authentic absinthe are: artemisia absinthium, green anise, and sweet fennel.
As for non-essential herbs, two of them are hyssop and lemon balm. They can be found in absinthe but are not required for the absinthe to be authentic. The herbs that are lighter in flavor and aroma are not put in the distillation; they are added after the distillation. That is where absinthe gets additional layers of flavor.
Wormwood is a really nice plant, [although] other plants don’t like to grow around it.
Apparently, there was a doctor, a couple hundred years ago, who discovered that if wormwood is distilled, the bitterness stays behind and it still retains some medicinal properties. And that’s where we had the beginnings of absinthe.
[Editor’s note: Absinthe is traditionally enjoyed as an aperitif. In fact, the wormwood in Lucid Absinthe triggers the release of bile from the gallbladder and other secretions from intestinal glands, which can improve the body’s ability to digest food.]
Absinthe is not the same thing as wormwood. Wormwood is a term that has been used for a long, long time to describe any of several dozen plants that fall in the Artemisia genus.
Wormwood is the 2nd most bitter herb on the planet. It has a very penetrating, bitter flavor.
People often ask me, ‘What does wormwood look like?’ I used to carry a bag of it.
Many old absinthe advertisements made use of cats.
Why are cats used in old absinthe advertisements? Perhaps because the herbal aroma released by absinthe has been known to attract cats. We hope it goes without saying that you should not let your cat drink absinthe.
The tradition of associating cats with absinthe continues to this day.
The English mystic Aleister Crowley (1875 – 1947) found artistic inspiration during the Green Hour.
In 1918, Crowley famously wrote an essay about the Green Goddess while at the Old Absinthe House in New Orleans.
Below is a page from an early manuscript of Crowley’s essay, “The Green Goddess.”
Some Lucid fans have asked why the bottle has cat eyes.
The idea of using the cat’s eyes came from the world’s first cabaret, called “Le Chat Noir,” which opened in Montmartre, Paris in 1881. “Le Chat Noir,” which translates to “The Black Cat,” was a bustling nightclub, artists’ salon, and music hall. People from all over the world relaxed at tables while drinking absinthe and watching a show on the stage.
Over a hundred years after its closure, Le Chat Noir remains famous not just for the cabaret but for its poster art.
And that poster art is the inspiration behind Lucid Absinthe’s cat eyes.