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There’s also a hyper-surreal absinthe-drinking episode, and an instance of public micturition that’s a lot funnier, even, than the word micturition.
Another thing the real Haddish would not do: trip on absinthe, as Dina forces the girls to do at one point, kicking off a spectacularly hallucinatory scene in which Queen Latifah makes out with a lamp.
In Lee’s film, Harrah’s is the site of a scene in which the four main characters -- who begin experiencing some interesting side effects after downing a bottle of 200-year-old absinthe -- hit the dance floor at an unnamed club.
Yes, there’s the absinthe trip and the peeing on Bourbon Street, both featured prominently in the film’s trailers.
Pantry • Espresso, brown liquor such as bourbon, absinthe and brandy and liqueurs such as Amaretto, Cointreau and St. Germaine. •
While studying sculpture at the San Francisco Art Institute, Davis started dabbling in making absinthe, which was emerging from a decades-long nap.
Their absinthe and gin proved a solid if not raging success.
Other Mediterranean countries have their own versions, like French pastis and absinthe.
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In 1797, Swiss Henri-Louis Pernod was the first to commercially produce an alcoholic drink from the bitter herb Artemisia absinthium, known commonly as wormwood. By the mid-to-late 1800s this bright green distillation, by then known in both French and English as "absinthe," had become wildly popular, especially among artists and writers, but it also had a reputation for making people a little wild. In fact, it was linked to several nasty disorders, including convulsions and foaming at the mouth. The accused culprit? A toxin in wormwood - perhaps the very chemical that gives the plant its tapeworm-exterminating properties (and thus its name). Because of these reported side effects of wormwood, true absinthe was banned in many countries (including the U.S.) in the early 1900s, but that didn't remove the taste for the drink. Wormwood’s name was later cleared (the real culprit turned out to be the drink’s high alcohol content) and the absinthe ban was lifted in the U.S. in 2007.
Origin and Etymology of absinthe
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ABSINTHE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of absinthe for English Language Learners
: a green alcoholic drink that has a very strong and bitter flavor
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