Absinthe History

Discover the history of absinthe and learn about its roots, where it was most popular, why it was banned, and what made it come back after almost 80 years!

Maison de l’Absinthe: the new absinthe museum in Switzerland

The history of absinthe is full of sudden new developments, from its rapidly rising popularity and becoming France’s most popular drink, to its prohibition at the beginning of the twentieth century and then its unexpected comeback a few years ago. This history is deeply interwoven with that of the Val-de-Travers, Switzerland. It is precisely there in a small city named Môtiers that the “Maison de l’Absinthe”, an absinthe museum, opened its doors for the first time in July 2014.

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Absinthe Fountains and their history

Absinthe fountains – a both beautiful and useful accessory, some even say it’s a must-have item in every absinthe bar. We all love how the water drips slowly from the taps into your absinthe glass, how the steady drops hit the absinthe’s surface and slowly create a cloudy and opaque drink. The beautiful louche effect is one aspect of what makes an absinthe fountain a precious accessory – (more…)

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Absinthe and Thujone

Hardly any other drink in the world has had such a tumultuous history as Absinthe.  Once considered to be a mystical drink with legendary medicinal powers, the green fairy’s popularity – called so lovingly by Absinthe’s many consumers – slowly developed until it became the national drink of the French by the 19th century.  But the drink’s decline soon ensued after its glorious reign.  Absinthe was forbidden in most European countries, as well as the USA, between 1910 and 1915.  With the law forbidding transport of absinthe (RGBl. I S. 257) that came into passing on April 27, 1923, the prohibition of absinthe in Germany and Austria then followed suit.

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