Absinthe

Absinthe

"La fée verte" (The Green Fairy), is an anise-flavored spirit, derived from botanicals, that inspired European artists and writers throughout the 19th century. After a century long ban, the U.S. finally legalized absinthe in 2007 and now VOM FASS proudly offers you divine preparations of this classic spirit. Stop in for a sample and choose your own unique bottle filled with either our clear Absinthe Libertine 58 or our more traditional green-colored Absinthe Libertine 72. Taste the magic!

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History of Absinthe

It is commonly believed that in 1769, the Henriod sisters of Switzerland, while seeking remedies for townspeople, developed a medicinal elixir made from the distillation of wormwood, anise and other herbs. The creation was found to be an invigorating panacea that quickly spread throughout France during the 1800's. Other herbs sometimes used in the early production include fennel, coriander, chamomile, speedwell, hyssop, parsley root, and even spinach. The most popular variation was the "Green Fairy", which we now know as absinthe, became extremely popular among artists, intellectuals and bohemians including luminaries such as Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Oscar Wilde and Picasso. In the early 1900's, absinthe was banned in the U.S. and through much of Europe due to the alleged harmful psychoactive effects thought to be caused by the chemical compound thujone. Now proven to be safe for consumption, the bans have been lifted and is once again being savored among connoisseurs.


The Absinthe Ritual

Absinthe is traditionally prepared in a particular, almost precise, way with a perforated absinthe spoon and a special glass that has a distinct or bulbous area towards the bottom that indicates the amount of absinthe to initially pour. After pouring 1 oz. of absinthe into a glass, lay the spoon flat across the top of the glass. Next, place a single cube of sugar on the perforated area of the spoon. This step is not necessary although the sugar is customarily used to balance the bitter taste of the wormwood. With or without the sugar, begin to slowly pour ice cold water (3 - 4 oz. per 1 oz. absinthe) into the glass from a small pitcher. Stir the drink with the absinthe spoon after the water has been added. LOOK. TASTE. ENJOY!