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.
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?
Join our review editor, Brian Robinson and Wine Library's Gary Vaynerchuk in tasting absinthe and separating myth from fact.
|by Tara Dooley, Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle|
|12 February 2010|
Absinthe is a drink that takes its time. It's nearly impossible to knock one back.
There's the delivery: A sugar cube is placed on a delicately serrated spoon suspended over a cocktail glass. Absinthe is poured over the sugar into the glass. Then ice water slowly drips over the sugar and into the glass, turning the clear or green spirit to a cloudy white...
A Classic Cocktail
The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book, 1933
Ed. note: The recipe given in The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book differs from both the original and traditional New Orleans recipes. The former calls for cognac, Peychaud's Bitters and sugar. The latter calls for rye whiskey in place of the cognac, a rinse of absinthe, Peychaud's Bitters and sugar. ~ Hiram