Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ways to spend time with the Green Fairy in Orlando

Posted By on Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Today is National Absinthe Day. No one can say for sure who started it, but it's been unofficially celebrated since 2007, when the United States lifted the absinthe ban, which had been in effect since 1912. If you want to celebrate tonight, here are a few ways you can visit the green fairy:



The Courtesy Bar has eight different brands of absinthe to choose from, ranging in price from $11 to $15. None of these absinthes contain wormwood, which is what is rumored to give absinthe its hallucinogenic properties. The tradition of cubed sugar set above your glass while cool water drips over it remains intact, though. And trust me, while you won't be hallucinating, you will have no trouble at all getting tipsy.


If you have a bottle of absinthe just sitting around the house and were just waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it, download this book of absinthe cocktails to your Kindle or iPad or whatever you read your e-books on.  The book contains 50 absinthe cocktails in total ranging from classic to contemporary.

[image-2]The Monkey Gland

We've also featured a couple of cocktails containing absinthe in our Remix column: the traditional Sazerac, which calls for an absinthe wash of your glass, and the Monkey Gland, whose original recipe called for a dash of absinthe to coat the sides of the glass. 

If you'd rather celebrate National Absinthe Day vicariously, you know, skipping the Thursday morning hangover, why not watch a movie where absinthe plays a role in the action?

Moulin Rouge


Get Him to the Greek

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