Monday March 5, 2012 is National Absinthe Day; celebrate the revival of this historic spirit with Lucid Absinthe, the first absinthe to be legalized in the U.S. in 2007!
General Absinthe Background
Absinthe achieved great popularity as an alcoholic drink in the late 19th and early 20th century France, however, due in part to its association with bohemian culture, absinthe was opposed by social conservatives and prohibitionists and was banned. Now that the prohibition is over, absinthe is making a comeback after 95 years – and taking consumers along for the ride.
In America, there is no better way to experience absinthe than with Lucid Absinthe Supérieure, the first genuine absinthe made with real Grande Wormwood to be legally available in the U.S. Though many consumers are excited to welcome this mysterious and misunderstood spirit back into their home bar and cocktail glass, many do not know how to properly consume it.
Top 5 Facts You Never Knew About Absinthe :
- Absinthe is in fact legal – and has been since 2007. Lucid (and Viridian Spirits) lobbied the US government to lift the 100 year ban and now absinthe is sold in all 50 states.
- Contrary to popular belief, Absinthe doesn’t make you hallucinate. This is a popular absinthe myth and is 100% false. Of course, consuming any spirit (especially one with an extraordinarily high proof) in large quantities will have consequences.
- The Proof – 124. No wonder absinthe is so misunderstood – especially when compared with vodka or rum which is 80 proof. 1 oz of absinthe will certainly have more of an affect than 1 oz of vodka.
- Absinthe should never be lit on fire. The traditional method of preparation involves dripping ice-cold water into a glass of absinthe. A sugar cube can also be placed on a slotted spoon between the absinthe and the dripping water, to sweeten the drink. Lighting a cube on fire is not only dangerous, but it can ruin the wonderful flavor of authentic absinthe.
- Clear absinthe ‘blanche’ or ‘le bleu’ is also an authentic style of absinthe, primarily produced in Switzerland, but differs in that it is a clear spirit and often has a slightly lower alcohol content. When produced authentically, both styles “louche” when cold water is added and use Grande Wormwood, green anise and sweet fennel in their herbal formulations.
About Louching Absinthe
(traditional method to drink the spirit):
Like Monet, van Gogh and Oscar Wilde, you too can consume absinthe in its traditional method – grab some ice water, a slotted spoon and a sugar cube and join the masters in louching absinthe. Louching is a special process in which cold water and a sugar cube are dissolved into the absinthe – which turns from a translucent green color to a cloudy, milky green-ish white.
What you need:
- Lucid Absinthe
- Absinthe fountain
- Sugar cubes
- Glasses, preferably an absinthe glass for best effects!
- Slotted spoons
- Pour 1¼ – 1½ oz of Lucid® into your glass.
- Rest the slotted spoon across the rim of the glass and place the sugar cube atop the spoon.*
- Slowly drip ice-cold water over the sugar cube, dissolving it into the absinthe. The cold water causes Lucid to louche(“loosh”), a process in which the distilled herbal essences“blossom” into an opalescent cloud, the essence and flavors come to life.
- Louching is complete when the water and absinthe have become completely cloudy and opaque.
- Sip and enjoy!
Do Tools Make the Cocktail?
(interesting new product from LUCID to enjoy your Absinthe even more!):
Are drinking apparatuses a must in the revived classic cocktail craze? It would appear so as you browse through the major retail home store circulars. People can choose from glass decanters to embellished cocktail shakers to schnapps sets to at-home seltzer makers. Everything one could possibly need to make a great cocktail.
Lucid Absinthe has expanded their own bar tool offerings. In early 2012, Lucid released an Absinthe Balancier through its website (www.drinklucid.com) that will allow the home bartender to add a hands-free beverage apparatus to their bar. A balancier not only makes a great glass of Absinthe but it also puts on a mesmerizing show for guests!
Lucid Absinthe Supérieure is the first genuine absinthe made with real Grande Wormwood to be legally available in the United States in 95 years. Lucid was formulated by world renowned absinthe expert T.A. Breaux, and is distilled in strict accordance to traditional French methods. Lucid is crafted in the historic Combier distillery, founded in 1834, and designed by Gustave Eiffel in the fabled Loire Valley of France. Lucid is distilled entirely from spirits and European herbs, and uses no artificial additives, oils, or dyes. Lucid is a versatile spirit ideal for use in both traditional and modern drinking methods. Imported by Viridian Spirits, Lucid is part of a prestigious genuine absinthe portfolio that includes La Clandestine and Nouvelle-Orléans. Lucid has 62% alcohol/volume and is available in 750 ml for $59.99 and 375 ml for $34.99 nationwide. Visit Lucid at www.drinklucid.com.