Absinthe a.k.a the green fairy has achieved legendary liquor status all around the world, its mystery is only exceeded by its power, wait.. that's the Continuum Transfunctioner. Absinthe is considered taboo because it contains hallucinogens such as Thujone and Wormwood. It also helps that Authentic Absinthe with the full ingredients is banned from being sold within the United States. Sure, you can stumble down to the local liquor store and buy a bottle of "authentic" Absinthe in the states, but it won't contain the hallucinogens absinthe is famous for. So how would you ever know which Absinthe brands are best? We're going to attempt to fix this problem by listing the best absinthe brands in case you happen to make your way over to Europe or your local post office.
Whether Absinthe contains hallucinogens or not, it's still really strong and contains almost twice as much alcohol than common alcohol like rum, or vodka. Absinthe is distilled from flowers and herbs known as grande wormwood together with green anise and sweet fennel. From experience, absinthe has a strong licorice taste to it.
Some people mistake Absinthe as a liqueur, but they're wrong. Absinthe isn't bottled with added sugar so it's actually classified as a spirit. Absinthe is traditionally green, but it also can be colorless or even other colors as well (blue, etc.).
Absinthe contains a chemical known as thujone that causes hallucinations and other lucid effects. This chemical is what spurred absinthe's ban status in the United States around 1915. Even though you can purchase absinthe currently in American Liquor stores, it won't contain the authentic amount of thujone for which absinthe is famous for.
So buying a bottle of absinthe in the states is pointless. No one drinks absinthe for the taste of it, just the effects it causes.
How to Drink Absinthe?
You can either drink absinthe straight, or mix it. The most common way is to take a glass full of absinthe and place cubed sugar in a spoon (dipped with a little bit of absinthe) and light it on fire and mix it in the glass. After the whole glass is on fire you drink the glass contents. We're not saying to try this at home, but this is the classic way of drinking it. We've even seen absinthe coladas in Europe.
Top 10 Absinthe brands
1. Doubs Mystique – Our favorite Absinthe. Has a strong wormwood taste and we love the emerald green finish.
2. Versinthe – The perfect starter absinthe, which is why we rated it so high.
3.Duplais – This absinthe can be overwhelming, very strong in every sense.
4. Vieux Pontarlier – Considered by some the best absinthe in the world.
5. Mansinthe – Marilyn Manson's Absinthe. It's made in Switzerland.
6. La Bleue Clandestine – Take a ride on the blue fairy? Crisp, clean, and blue.
7. Jade VS 1898 – Rich flavor and not overwhelming with alcohol taste.
8. Butterfly – Swiss Absinthe that has a yellow tint and strong kick.
9. Kübler – Sweeter absinthe then most, but still gets the job done.
10. Pernod – A French Classic (before the ban), and must on any absinthe list.
Best USA Legalized Absinthe brands
If you love to consume suck, or like to drink fake versions of something, then this list is for you.
- St. George Absinthe Verte
- Vieux Carre
- Amerique 1912
Hope you're ready for your ride on the green fairy! Absinthe is an acquired taste, but it leads to epic nights and crazy stories that usually involve seeing dead people and being naked. Consume wisely my friend! If you learned anything from this article, may it be that American Absinthe is bullshit and you need to try the real deal before criticizing it.