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Old 01-23-2011, 12:27 AM   #1
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Absinthe

Went to the local wine store yesterday, had a sudden itch of curiosity about a mythical alcoholic drink which in the past maybe three years has been revived, with several producers claiming to have discovered/reverse-engineered the secret concoction. There were about five labels, mostly from Europe, in modern-gothic bottles. One bottler was none other than the rock-musician Marilyn Manson. hmmm, I'd better ask DC first...

Does anyone have info or experience with this liquor?

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Old 01-23-2011, 02:11 AM   #2
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Well known to be the favorite drink of Poe, Wilde, Hemingway.
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Old 01-23-2011, 07:41 AM   #3
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Possibly more than you wanted to know but....

Absinthe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:27 AM   #4
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I used to sneak bottles back from Europe when you couldn't get it here.

I like it.

Occasionally have it in a cocktail when I go out.
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Old 01-23-2011, 09:05 AM   #5
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I don't think anyone makes the original, which had wormwood (I think that is the word) in it and, drinking it to excess, really did do brain damage. And pretty quickly (as opposed to the decades it takes to do brain damage with normal alcohol)(trust me, I'm a drinker! haha!) It was a fad for awhile here (meaning the US, when we were in New Mexico) to find the killer stuff and drink it to be a "manly man". Huh? OK, go do meth. Why don't you enjoy alcohol for its many benefits, not go looking for something to kill your brain prematurely??

By the way, if you're drinking it legally, then it is missing the poisonous ingredient, so you're good to go.
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Old 01-23-2011, 09:46 AM   #6
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I like the idea of getting fancy bottles. I wonder how it would be for cooking?
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Old 01-23-2011, 03:34 PM   #7
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I've seen a set of special spoons and glasses for use with Absinthe. Apparently you pour it over a sugar cube into the glass...?
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Old 01-23-2011, 04:54 PM   #8
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Yes. I head what's in it is wormwood oil. I've seen a technique where you have a sugar cube placed in a spoon thats paced on top of the cup. It is set on fire from some absinthe, and then you drop it in. Does anyone know anything else about this? Or have done this?
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I've seen a technique where you have a sugar cube placed in a spoon thats paced on top of the cup. It is set on fire from some absinthe, and then you drop it in. Does anyone know anything else about this? Or have done this?
We do this with a fork and sugar cube rested on the rim of a glass of Cointreau, the burning beads of sugar drop into the cointreau with a sound like gun fire,I think it was called an "old soldier"
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