Ernest Hemingway and Absinthe

Famed writer Ernest Hemingway was a world traveler who loved to get a sense of every locale’s unique culture by enjoying its local drinks.  One of Hemingway’s favorite drinks was absinthe, which he wrote about in his novel, For Whom The Bell Tolls.

Some quotes about absinthe from Hemingway’s writing are:

“Absinthe cures everything.”

“Whiskey… does not curl around inside of you the way absinthe does … There is nothing like absinthe.”

“One cup of [absinthe] took the place… of all the things he had enjoyed and forgotten and that came back to him when he tasted that opaque, bitter, tongue-numbing, brain-warming, stomach-warming, idea-changing liquid alchemy.”

For more information on Hemingway and his favorite drinks, check out The Huffington Post’s article, “Hemingway’s Favorite Cocktail Recipes”.


The Lucid Absinthe Sour Witch Cocktail


  • 1 ½ oz Lucid absinthe
  • ¾ oz almond syrup
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • 3 or 4 pitted sour cherries
  • Sparkling wine or Champagne


In the bottom of a mixing glass, muddle the sour cherries in the lime juice and almond syrup. Add the Lucid with ice and shake very well. Strain into a chilled champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine or champagne. Garnish: freshly-grated nutmeg.

Absinthe Recipes for Your Sweet Tooth

•    Lucid Absinthe Cupcake Recipe #1

•    Lucid Absinthe Cupcake Recipe #2

•    Lucid Absinthe Ice Cream Recipe #1

•    Lucid Absinthe Ice Cream Recipe #2

•    Lucid Absinthe Ice Cream Recipe #3

•    Lucid Absinthe Cake Recipe

Absinthe Fact: Why Was Absinthe Banned?

Absinthe is such a ‘rare’ and ‘mysterious’ drink these days that it is hard to believe that during the Belle Époque period, lasting from about 1890 to the start of World War I, absinthe was France’s single most popular alcoholic drink — more popular than wine; served at every bar;  advertised by numerous posters; imbibed by men and women alike.  What happened??

The short answer is — absinthe’s popularity drew some very unwelcome attention.  The wine industry became envious of absinthe’s success and waged a very effective propaganda campaign against absinthe.  In addition, the prohibitionist movement, which sought to ban all alcohol, focused its efforts against absinthe, since absinthe was the most popular drink at the time.  Together, these propaganda campaigns successfully changed public opinion about absinthe, linking the drink to debilitating and violent behavior as well as to insanity.  What is more, that extremely negative perception endures to this very day.