How to Buy Absinthe Drink from Absinthe Original
What is Absinthe?
Absinthe is a strong alcoholic liquor made from wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) and many other herbs like anise, liquorice, hyssop, veronica, fennel, lemon balm and angelica (the flavor of anise and/or liquorice, at least in contemporary forms of the liquor, tends to predominate). Absinthe is a deep green drink with a very bitter taste. Absinthe was very popular with 19th-century intellectuals, poets, and artists such as Degas, Picasso, Oscar Wilde, Vincent Van Gogh and many others. Read more about Absinthe brief history here. Besides having a very high alcohol content (80 to 160 proof), Absinthe was also said to induce a dreamlike state, enhance creativity and facilitate artistic expression. All of the Absinthe drinks available on our website are genuine articles produced in the Czech Republic and all of them contain many herbal extracts including the psychoactive thujone. Some of them contain an only small amount of thujone (Staroplzenecky Absinthe - 9mg) and some have the highest level available on the market (Absinthe Original Bitter Spirit and Absinthe King of Spirits Gold with 100mg of thujone). Absinthe Original Bitter Spirit contains 35mg of thujone, both products are free of all artificial colorings, chemicals, and preservatives.
What is the history of Absinthe?
Absinthe in some form or another has been used for centuries. Ancient texts mention an early sort of Absinthe, wine-soaked wormwood as a vermipurge. In the middle ages, it took on many uses, including superstitious claims that Absinthe warded off the plague. Modern Absinthes commercial origins date back to 1797 when Major Henri Dubied began marketing a bottled Absinthe in France which eventually came to be known as today's familiar Pernod recipe. Originally a medicine, Pernod Absinthe began growing in popularity with the artists, writers, and intellectuals of the day, attributing some of their finest works to absinthes creativity-enhancing effect. To say absinthe was the major influence and inspiration of the Impressionist Movement is not such an outrageous claim when you consider most of the movement’s pioneers and stars swore fealty to the liquor. Manet, Rimbaud, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec and Picasso were all heavy users, and if asked, they would tell you they needed the narcotic properties of absinthe to get out of their head enough to render art that had never even been thought of by more conventional artists. Lautrec carried his supply in a hollow cane, Jarry paid homage by painting himself green, Verlaine’s presumptuous manner of saying hello became, “I take sugar with it!” Van Gogh was probably the most prolific user, not to mention the most outside his head: when he couldn’t get a hold of a bottle he’d sometimes drink turpentine as a substitute. However, by 1905 a strong anti Absinthe movement emerged, convinced of the danger Absinthe provided through a few well-publicized incidents of violence and atrocities committed by absinthe imbibers. By 1908, Switzerland was the first to ban absinthe, by 1923, nearly every country worldwide had an Absinthe ban in place. These days, the Pernod brand continues to be sold but without any thujone in it, the chemical that gives Absinthe its special effects.
What is the active ingredient in Absinthe?
The power and attraction of absinthe lies in its inherent contradictions. Though fortified with a formidable measure of alcohol, a depressant, it is also infused with powerful herbal stimulants, creating a psychic tug of war in the mind of the imbiber. Alcohol relaxes inhibitions and invites in new ideas, and the stimulants allow you to logically process the new data. One of the constituents of wormwood, thujone is considered the culprit of Absinthes "added effect". Naturally occurring in many plants and flowers, thujone is found in large amounts in wormwood. A thujone has a structure very similar to THC (tetrahyrdacannaboid). This similarity has led some to believe that the two substances work similarly upon the brain. New research indicates, however that thujone blocks GABA-A receptors in the brain which inhibit the firing of brain cells, once these receptors are blocked, the brain is free to fire at will. This is why despite the very high alcohol content, Absinthe drinkers report being clear-headed, even after consuming amounts of alcohol that would usually put them into a stupor. The bulk, however of Absinthes effects is caused by the very high alcohol content.
What about those websites promoting "homemade Absinthe kits?"
Absinthe kits are gaining popularity, being sold on websites and on eBay. Many of these revolve around the use of essential oil of wormwood or harsh solvents. These are not absinthe. These are POISON. Besides being a rather unpleasant, pale impersonation of real Absinthe, drinking essential oils is not a great way to get "high" but an excellent excuse to quickly visit the emergency room. Pure essential oil of wormwood can cause renal failure and death due to the excessive amounts of thujone and neurotoxins found in it. We highly recommend that you do not purchase any of these homemade absinthe kits. Don't waste your time and money, buy REAL ABSINTHE instead.
How do you serve Absinthe?
There are two popular methods for serving Absinthe, both require the use of an Absinthe spoon. This is a large spoon with open slots in it, allowing liquid to pass through. You should know that Bohemian absinthe recipes have always meant that much less anise is used in their production, thus the majority of products that we sell don't 'louche' when water is added. Our whole range of Absinthe Originals turns slightly cloudy, however, they do not louche as such. It has no influence on quality whatsoever and our absinthe is not as sweet. Generally, French or Spanish absinthes are much sweeter.
- Pour a shot of Absinthe into absinthe glass, place absinthe spoon over the top and place a sugar cube on the spoon
- Slowly pour ice cold water over the sugar cube, when the water hits Absinthe, it releases essential oils that turn the drink a cloudy.
Absinthe Flame method
- Take a teaspoon full of sugar, or sugar cube and briefly dip it in your glass of absinthe.
- Light Absinthe laced sugar on fire and hold over the glass, the burning alcohol will melt the sugar into the glass.
- When the fire gets low, stir the remaining sugar into the Absinthe and drink.
Is Absinthe legal?
It really depends on where you are. Currently, absinthe containing thujone for human consumption is still illegal in some countries. In the United States, real Absinthe is not a controlled substance but its sale in bars and liquor stores is banned. Absinthe is, however, legal to purchase and possess in the United States. In most of the European Union, absinthe may be sold as long as it stays at 35mg of thujone. In Canada, Absinthe is completely legal, and on sale in some liquor stores. We delivery Absinthe to all US states by DHL Express.
Is Absinthe safe?
Absinthe is as safe as any other alcoholic drink. The thujone content of all commercial Absinthes is low enough to cause no harm to the human body. However, homemade Absinthe can be potentially very dangerous. Be aware of the fact that although the thujone content of Absinthe may not be harmful, its high alcoholic content can be. As always, practice moderation when enjoying Absinthe and NEVER DRINK ABSINTHE and drive.
When Do you charge my card - when I order, or when you ship?
When you buy absinthe, your card is verified to be working and to have enough credit available for your purchase but is not charged. An authorization is requested from the card and the amount of your order of Absinthe is held for us to remove when we ship your Absinthe out.
Is Absinthe Original site secure for credit cards?
Absinthe Original is 100% SECURE liquor store because we go to great efforts to ensure that our site and your information is secure. In addition to using 256-bit encryption to communicate with the bank, all your contact information is stored in an encrypted database that no unauthorized person can read. For security reasons, we have no access to the credit card information.
It doesn't accept my credit card, how can I order?
There are a variety of reasons why your credit card would not be accepted including a billing information mismatch, insufficient funds or a hold placed on your card. We would suggest that you verify that sufficient funds are in your card for your order and that the billing information is exactly as per your invoice. It is also important to make sure that your Credit Card can be used for overseas transactions. If you still have difficulty, call or e-mail us and we will be happy to put your order through.
I don't have a credit card, how do I buy Absinthe?
Apart from all major Credit Cards and direct bank transfers, we also accept PayPal payments for your absinthe orders. Some of our customers also choose to buy absinthe using cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin or Litecoins. Once we receive your payment and it is confirmed, processing of your Absinthe order is begun and your order would ship out soon afterward.
Can I buy absinthe in France?
Yes, you can. We accept orders form all European countries as well as from many other countries including Australia, Japan or the United States. We've have been shipping absinthe and absinthe accessories since 1996 and all of our orders are being now delivered by Express Carrier with full online tracking.
How is my Absinthe shipped?
All absinthe orders are packaged in plain cardboard boxes and shipped by DHL Express. Tracking information is sent upon despatch, therefore please make sure that you provide us with a correct email address and telephone number.
How long does it take to ship Absinthe?
It normally takes between 1-2 business days to complete and process an order. Shipping time takes about 48 hours depending on your location. There are no shipments during weekends and Bank Holidays.