Science Articles

These are some of the most relevant scientific documents relating to the study of absinthe. They range from the earliest papers written by absinthe's polemicists, such as Dr. Valentin Magnan, right up to the modern work of Dr. Dirk Lachenmeier and others.

It should be noted that some of the older papers contain mistaken calculations and erroneous conclusions, sometimes based on the findings of still earlier erroneous work. Most of these errors have been detailed and documented in the later pieces.

Systematic Misinformation about Thujone in Pre-ban Absinthe


The media coverage about absinthe, a bitter spirit containing wormwood (Artemisia absinthum L.), continues to repeat unsubstantiated myths and legends and the public is systematically misinformed. Especially, the theory about a significant thujone content in absinthe must be put into perspective ...


Absinthe: what's your poison?

Published in the British Medical Journal

Though absinthe is intriguing, it is alcohol in general we should worry about.

Absinthe, the emerald green liqueur associated with excess, is back in business. Having been banned in many countries in the early 20th century, its newly fashionable image, combined with global purchasing opportunities through the internet, has brought its revival. Since 1998 several varieties of absinthe have again been available in Britain—from bars, stores, and mail order.  But is absinthe a special problem or simply part of a general concern about excessive alcohol consumption?


A Classic Cocktail

Morning Glory No. II

1 1/2 oz rye whiskey or bourbon whiskey
2 bar spoons gomme syrup
2 bar spoons Curaçao
1 1/2 oz cognac
1 bar spoons orange bitters or Angostura bitters
2 bar spoons absinthe or Pernod

Stir with ice. Strain into a rocks glass. Top with 1/4 oz club soda. Garnish with a lemon twist.

The Gentleman's Companion, 1946