The Wormwood Society is a non-profit educational organization focused on providing current, historically and scientifically accurate information about absinthe, the most maligned and misunderstood drink in history.
Please start with our Frequently Asked Questions.
Android absintheurs, here's a great absinthe app that's very simple, and very handy! Absinthe is best when diluted to the proper strength. While the exact strength is a matter of personal taste, absinthe is intended to be drunk as a mildly alcoholic aperitif, more like wine than liquor, at the same range of strengths as commonly found in wine: between 12% to 15% or so.
Concise absinthe facts at your fingertips with this one-page, two-sided flyer. Please feel free to download, print and distribute to your friends, drinking acquaintances, bar manager and liquor store manager.
It's true. After 95 years—from 1912 to 2007—real absinthe is now legally available and being imported, manufactured and sold in the United States.
It's not actually correct to say that it's been "legalized" because no laws have changed: absinthe has been technically legal since at least the 1960s, possibly as early as the 1930s. So, what happened?
" Absinthe is not like the other spirits ... True absinthe is pastoral. It's crafted by distillers who take pride in their work. It doesn't yield to fads, fashions, and buzz. And although it demands a proper process, it rewards with an experience that can't be replaced by glitz and glam ..."
This circular explains the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau’s (TTB) policy regarding the use of the term "absinthe" on labels of distilled spirits products and in related advertising material.
Looming like a succubus in shadowed, febrile dreams, absinthe awaits you patiently; she knows you will come to her. As all who explore the world of spirits—eventually, inexorably—you will be drawn to the Emerald Muse…
No drink throughout history has inspired so much fear, awe and allure as absinthe. That’s no small accomplishment considering that its prime years spanned only several decades and its life, from birth to ban, spanned little more than a century, but what a century it was!
A Classic Cocktail
The Bishop and Babcock Co., 1900.