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And anything that calls for absinthe, like a corpse reviver.
Today absinthe is sold legally throughout Europe and North America.
In addition to being in the heart of San Antonio, the magazine praised the hotel's Three Emmas cocktail, made of absinthe, gin and apricot brandy concoction.
The absinthe is diluted in three to five parts water.
The streets at the top of Montmartre, where the absinthe flowed freely, and where Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec painted cancan girls and blowsy barmaids, are today immaculate and chipper.
If Champagne is the focus at one bar in this city, absinthe needs a place of its own, right?
The house Sazerac, for one, substitutes Sambuca for the absinthe used as a rinse.
Using a second rocks glass, add a few drops of absinthe and roll the glass around to coat the inside.
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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.
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