Wednesday, January 28, 2009
When you think of absinthe, you either haven't heard of it or you think of some dark seedy opium den of yore, where the likes of poets, philosophers, bohemians, and men and women of questionable morale gather to indulge in forbidden pleasures, bodies tainted by the mysterious green concoction as they do things not proper for mortal man.
Sounds like my kind of place!
I first heard about absinthe from Lestat from Interview With The Vampire when he accuses Claudia of drugging the twins with absinthe as a peace offering when in fact it was laudanum ("it killed them unfortunately, but it keeps the blood warm"). Pumpkinrot mentioned it on his blog and my curiosity was piqued. After ordering the kit from Green Devil, I set out to make it. Rest assured that it is indeed legal, if you brew it by steeping, not distillation. If you don't like licorice, you probably won't care for absinthe because it does have a licorice taste. I personally don't mind it, although I will pick out black jelly beans from a package in favor of other colors. As for Green Devil company, they're really a good company...fast shipping and great value! I bought the whole kit with the glasses and the spoons. I highly recommend them.
The effects, at least for me, is that the world goes into HD mode, I have noticed that colors become more brilliant and pronounced. I don't drink more than a shot or two (my 'ritual': use organic brown sugar cubes, ice cold bottled water and ever so slowly trickle the water over the cubes until they are dissolved in the waiting absinthe below)and I sip it slowly, the stuff is VERY deceptive, it has no burn and no bite, just the taste of licorice and I have never had a hangover on it whatsoever, weird. I also know that I have a very low alcohol tolerance so I'm extra careful; one glass of wine gives me a buzz.
I would say from my experience that absinthe is the stuff of legends, but in reality, it's a wonderful and beautiful dark green Hallowe'eny sipping drink that gives a very interesting buzz but unless you really overdo it, you're not going to see any green fairies flitting about. But YOU will be the stuff of legends for having partaken such a bohemian liquor made from wormwood and other dark foreboding herbs and people will expect you to be spouting off poetry that doesn't rhyme and wearing tight trousers with blousing shirts with grandiose hand gestures and a cigarette holder.
Don't disappoint your public my friends, they await.