Absinthe Facts

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.

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Some people claim the Russian word for wormwood is chernobyl; however, this claim may very well not be true.

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The green anise used in authentic absinthe is a small Mediterranean seed. It is not the star-shaped stuff that comes from Asia.

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YouTube videos featuring Lucid Absinthe

Could you figure out how to prepare Lucid Absinthe without a spoon, fountain, or balancier? Watch these two college students do a great job figuring it out.

Here is a good example of how not to pour Lucid. The iced water in this video is being poured too quickly for a proper louche, which means that the absinthe will not release all of its flavor and will not taste as complex as it should. In addition, we do not recommend using this many sugar cubes.

Want a drink that will give you a real kick? Then say hello to the Red Fairy. Lucid + Red Bull + sugar. Recipe here:

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.

“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!

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 Many Different Greens of Absinthe

Although absinthe is famously considered to be a green drink, its color is not always the same and in fact sometimes looks closer to white than to green.

The particular color of absinthe depends on the types and quantities of herbs involved in its distillation, as well as the amount of iced water with which it is diluted.

Most absinthe, when fresh, has a deep & illustrious green.

Lucid Absinthe, when louched, goes to a beautiful pale green color.

The Lucid Absinthe Paranormal Activity Cocktail

Sometimes the green fairy likes to wear different colors. Behold the Lucid Absinthe Paranormal Activity, made with black sambuca.

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients:
•    1 part Lucid Absinthe
•    1 part white crème de cacao liqueur
•    1 part coconut milk
•    Drizzle of black sambuca
Preparation:
1.    Combine the absinthe, crème de cacao, and coconut milk in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
2.    Shake until frothy.
3.    Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
4.    Drizzle Black Sambuca down the side of the glass until it floats on the bottom and diffuses into the cocktail.

Day of the Cupcake, Part III

As day turned to night at Day of the Cupcake, the Green Fairies took to the stage.  Some of them danced, others flew, and yet others introduced live musical acts and stunning circus performers.  The Lucid Absinthe beautifully complemented the music. Below, witness the late-night glory of Day of the Cupcake.

Day of the Cupcake, Part II

Many green fairies were glimpsed at Day of the Cupcake, so now we know the truth:  there is definitely more than one green fairy.  Some green fairies are sassy, others exist mainly to safeguard Lucid Absinthe.  Some green fairies dance; others applaud.  They all share a deep love of Lucid Absinthe Superieure.

Day of the Cupcake, Part I

Day of the Cupcake has come and gone.  Many green fairies were glimpsed, and much Lucid Absinthe was imbibed.  This week, we will give you the visual record of the festivities at Day of the Cupcake. Be sure to check this blog Wednesday and Friday for more pictures.  And perhaps next year, you will join us at the annual Day of the Cupcake.