pont-glass.pngWormwood Society LogoThe Wormwood Society Absinthe Association is a non-profit educational and consumer advocacy organization focused on providing current, historically and scientifically accurate information about absinthe, the most maligned and misunderstood drink in history.

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Absinthe: The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of the Green Fairy

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!

Read more: Absinthe: The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of the Green Fairy


The Lure of The Purple Fairy - A Parable

Imagine a world where wine was illegal; it had been banned for centuries. No one knew where to get it or how to make it. Wine has become the stuff of legend.

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The Shaky History of Thujone

Look up absinthe anywhere online and chances are a reference to thujone won’t be far behind. One internet forum got so tired of constant questions about it that a word filter changes the word "thujone" into the image of a pork-chop whenever it is typed. It has been called the active chemical in absinthe, a dangerous neurotoxin, and a hallucinogen, but only recently have we seen through its distorted past to get a full picture of thujone and its role in absinthe.

Read more: The Shaky History of Thujone


What's Wrong With Bohemian "Style" Absinth?

Bohemian style absinthe, also called "Czech style", gets a lot of bad press from absinthe enthusiasts; primarily because most of it doesn't really qualify as absinthe in the traditional sense, but can only be considered a very distant cousin.

Read more: What's Wrong With Bohemian "Style" Absinth?


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A Classic Cocktail


1 oz ginger liqueur
2 oz sweet vermouth
1/4 oz fresh lime juice
2 or 3 dashes absinthe
1 or 2 dashes Peychaud's Bitters

Shake and strain into an iced filled Collins glass, top with tonic.
Gwydion Stone, 2008 

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Absinthe Tasting Journal

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The WS Absinthe Tasting Journal

With room for over 200 tastings, provides novices and experts with a primer in absinthe history and facts, as well as instructions on how to conduct scorings and blind tastings.

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