absinthe history

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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