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Recent Examples of absinthe from the Web
Martinis and cocktails that involve absinthe, vodka and coffee are a specialty: 129 Chambers Street, 917-512-3432, primostribeca.com.
Try the French 75 cocktail with Prairie gin, lemon and sparkling wine ($14) or the Sazerac with Rittenhouse rye, absinthe, demerara and Peychaud’s ($14).
The bar also shook a respectable, fiery Sazerac with rye whiskey and absinthe.
The Irish Cocktail 2 ounces Sexton Irish whiskey 1 barspoon absinthe or Pernod 1/4 ounce Dry Curaçao 1 barspoon Luxardo 1 dash Angostura bitters Lemon twist and olive garnish Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker.
De Oliveira, a former Speed Rack cocktail contest winner, is mixing up a concoction dubbed All My Sisters Are Queens, made with Leblon cachaca, vermouth blanc, lime, rosemary, absinthe and Fever Tree tonic. 7-9 p.m.
The kitchen at Fish & Game uses these bottles, and never fresh citrus, to tinker with the acidity in their dishes, seasoning it on snails roasted with absinthe and garlicky herb butter, or using it to dress winter greens.
Now there is an Emperor Norton Inn, on Post Street, an Emperor Norton’s Boozeland at Turk and Larkin streets, and a San Francisco distiller is producing a brand of absinthe named after the emperor.
Meldonium, the substance for which tennis star Maria Sharapova tested positive in 2016, now lends its name to a mixture of absinthe and Red Bull.
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Did You Know?
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
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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