Absinthe Minded

It’s time to set the record straight on this storied spirit, hallucination myths and all. Let’s get one thing out of the way: Drinking absinthe will not drive you to cut off your ear. Yes, Vincent van Gogh was a known imbiber, but that’s not the whole story.

Admittedly, the green fairy gets a bad rap. It was banned in the U.S. from the early 1900s until 2007, and you don’t survive a nearly 100-year ban without getting something of a reputation. But it’s no longer the stuff of Ernest Hemingway tales. With craft distillers turning out quality bottles and cocktail bars putting this maligned spirit in the limelight, absinthe has officially come of age after its long hiatus. We tap the experts to bust the five biggest myths about the drink and show you why it’s time to show absinthe some love… read more >

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