Thai747 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 1999, 814 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2171 times:
You can get Absinthe in most bars here in the UK, about the same price as a shot of Sambuca. Never heard of the drink before I came to the UK, and my friends insisted that I try it once - ended up drinking about a gallon of alcopops afterwards to wash away the taste.
Pmcdonald From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2145 times:
My only experience with it was in Prague. It went something like this: I had just arrived in Prague earlier that day on the night train from Frankfurt after arriving earlier THAT day on a flight from the States. So it goes without saying I was a bit beyond tired. So the obvious thing to do at that point was to find a good bar, which I did.
After having several other drinks (whiskey I would imagine) I decided to order myself an Absinthe as I had heard all of the fuss. Well there is this odd method to drinking the stuff; it's not as if you just down it. Of course I didn't know this at the time so I did just that---downed it. Now some folks about my age (about 20 or so at the time as I recall) witness this and take it upon themselves to show me the proper way to drink Absinthe-which apparently involves heating up sugar in a spoon or something and then quickly stirring the Absinthe with the heated sugar/spoon (something like that---as you may imagine all of this is a bit foggy). So they buy me another Absinthe to illustrate this. I then deemed it necessary to purchase yet another Absinthe to ensure I indeed had the correct methodology down. 3 Absinthe shots are way too many. Prague is a strange enough town on its own. Prague on Absinthe is quiet another thing. I recalled what my "Let's Go Europe" guidebook (my Bible when I'm traveling) said: something to the effect of "The best way to experience Prague is in an alcohol-induced fog". Well, I couldn't agree more. Haven't had that stuff since that night but if I come across it again I'd gladly have another.
Teva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1873 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2089 times:
I had one last year in Moscow, in a restaurant on the Red Square.
It is legal in France again. However, it is not the same Gauguin, Van Gogh or Baudelaire were drinking. (I think it is "only" 60 to 65% alcohol, and the percentage of Absinthe is limited too)
BTW, the taste in Moscow was great !!!
Ecoute les orgues, Elles jouent pour toi...C'est le requiem pour un con
Airsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 34
Reply 9, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2064 times:
Oy, Absinth - what a cruel and unusual punishment...
The bad thing is not the alcohol but the thujon which is toxic. It´s a hallucinogen which may cause epilectic cramps.
Absinth may contain only 10 milligramme per kilogramme of it, though.
I tried absinth once. It was the only alcohol I drank that evening. I usually don´t get a hangover, even after heavy drinking.
But after this one absinth, I was so wasted the next morning, it was terrible, the worst hangover I ever had. The structure and effects of thujon are similar to THC´s - so I now know what pot feels like - and I have to say I hate it.
Bottom line: give me a nice vodka anytime (or two, or three, or...), but absinth, never again.
Fritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2762 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2053 times:
Well, I have a bottle of 55% Absinth in my room right now that I´m bringing out to a party tonight.
Absinth is leagal in austria since 1/1-02, but not many bars have it though. Sambuca is also pretty tough to get a hold of. The Absinth in bars have around 60% alcohol, but the bottle I got from the Czech Rep. a few months ago had 72.5%. THAT WAS F*CKING STRONG.
Mls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3076 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2016 times:
I brought some back from the U.K., even declaring it on my customs form: "2 liters - Absinthe". Woops! Oh well. I only tried a sample of it and it was pretty harsh. I don't know what the quality was, it was whatever Tesco's had. Supposedly it was bottled in the Czech Republic.
Bobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2015 times:
Absinthe got a bad reputation largely because of the wormwood.
The kind of absinthe that drove artists mad a century ago was loaded with hallucinogens. Nowadays the authorities take a dim view of drinks that are actually toxic in large quantities, so the amount of "active ingredient" (thujon?) is limited.
In other words, modern absinthe is really just another spirit, but with slightly odd additives. Yes, you can get it with interesting percentages of alcohol; but if that's what you want then vodka is always an option.
For the adventurous hardened drinker, I can recommend a very common chinese "white spirit" called baijiu. A convenient 5l plastic keg of erguotou (double-distilled) should only cost a few yen, which is just as well because liver transplants are quite expensive.
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1959 times:
It's still banned here in the States, but a company here produces a wormwood-free version called Absente:
I have heard rumors of Absinthe being made locally down in New Orleans, illegally over course, but not surprising at all, with there being numerous recipes for the Green Fairy running about. The closest I've have to Absinthe is Pernod, which I found to be not too bad.