The Green Fairy Has Returned

As we all know, if anything is remotely fun, it’s probably illegal in the US. Sucks. At least it helps the tourism industry in the toking, special brownie eating Netherlands and the absinthe drinking Czech Republic.

But times are a changing. Absinthe is going to hit the U.S. market later this month. Rejoice friends and get ready to lift a glass in honor of your God-given right to get completely wasted on crazy green booze.

What is Absinthe exactly? Besides being the drink of choice for Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Verlaine, it is known as “the green fairyâ€? because of its bright almost neon green color.

Let’s not kid ourselves, it looks a little like radioactive waste but don’t let that stop you from drinking it down. Thanks the Temperance Movement, Absinthe has been banned in the U.S. since 1912 after rumors that its primary ingredient, grand wormwood, contained a psychosis-inducing hallucinogen. As far as taste goes, it has a light bitterness with sort of a complex flavor because of the multiple herbs that go into making the drink.

But the good times are here at last, because Lucid has convinced those sticklers at the Alcohol-Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau that the green fairy is just as safe as any other booze on the market (even though the 124-proof alcohol content is more than 50 percent greater than vodka, rum, and most whiskeys). Hell yes. I don’t know about you, but I’m more than ready to hit this bottle.

If you want to get your manicured mitts on this stuff, you can get a 750-milliliter bottle for $59.95. This magical green goodness is a little tricky to prepare. Unless you really enjoy the taste of burning, you want to dilute the Absinthe by pouring it through a sugar cube (I know it’s a little weird, but it’s a small price to pay) and then diluting the resulting sugarly concoction with three or five parts ice water.

Here a few absinthe-based cocktails from the lovely folks at New York Magazine.

Billionaire Cocktail: Baker’s Bourbon, Lucid, fresh lemon juice, homemade grenadine.
Honeydew: Gin, Lucid, muddled honeydew, lemon juice, and Champagne.
The Mint Muse: Lucid, pineapple juice, muddled mint leaves, lime, and 7-Up.

With this delightful new development, I’m crossing my fingers for the legalization of moonshine…

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