Edgar Allan Poe

Booze 101: All about absinthe

Booze 101: All about absinthe

Absinthe, aka “The Green Fairy,” has been the stuff of legends for generations of American cocktail drinkers. The green spirit, purported to be psychoactive and cause hallucinations, was considered illegal in the United States for 95 years, from 1912-2007.

However, the entire situation was apparently based on a misunderstanding, as noted by The Wormwood Society, “no laws have changed and no ban has been lifted; absinthe has been technically legal since at least the 1960s, possibly as early as the 1930s.” The mix-up? The law states that absinthe must be free of thujone (an active compound in Artemesia absinthium), but this does not mean...

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