Did you know there was a yet unknown way to prepare absinthe? Especially people against absinthe preferred this ritual: (more…)
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.
A famous lithographic engraving by Loustaunau, showing a “zouave” or French North African soldier relaxing over an absinthe at a pavement cafe table on the Esplanade des Invalides. It was these absinthe-loving soldiers who brought the taste for the anise-flavoured drink back with them to France in the mid 19th century.
Ca. 1900: Spanish-language version of a French anti-alcohol poster, made for use in schools. Printed by Emile Deyrolle, Paris. This poster warns of the dangers of absinthe-induced epileptic fits: at the top, a roofer falls to his death, while below, the child of an alcoholic father suffers from hereditary epilepsy.