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Absinthe was first created in the 1790s by Pierre Ordinaire, a French doctor living in Switzerland. Dr. Ordinaire created Absinthe with the intent for it to be used as an alcohol-based elixir distilled from the bitter-tasting herb Artemisia Absinthium, or wormwood. In ancient times, the Greeks and Egyptians prescribed wormwood for ailments like menstrual cramps and fevers. Beneath its wispy leaves, the wormwood plant holds a secret: it’s naturally rich in thujone, a chemical compound believed to trigger inexplicable transformations of the mind. Many reported “mind-illuminating” effects, believing that it enhanced perception, creativity, and enabled the ability to “see beyond.”
Absinthe, perhaps more than any other drink on the planet, is surrounded in mystique and intrigue. Long rumoured to have hallucinogenic properties, La Fée Verte (the Green Fairy), as it is often known, became the spirit of choice for bohemian writers and artists in Paris in the late 1800s. Absinthe is a spirit often misunderstood, however, the turn of the century has brought a re-examination of Absinthe and a new generation of producers are creating a range of fantastic spirits…
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