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.
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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!
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.
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 ...
A Classic Cocktail
The Gentleman's Companion, 1946