The Controversial History Of Absinthe


A highly alcoholic spirit originating from Switzerland, absinthe is legendary for its strength. But its potency also led to absinthe being banned in several countries for its perceived link to crime and debauchery.

Forever associated with creative types like Ernest Hemingway and Oscar Wilde, absinthe has a decidedly literary — and notorious — reputation. Once believed to be hallucinogenic, this green-hued spirit became a subject of controversy in the early 20th century. But what is absinthe? And what’s it like to take a sip of the drink?




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