After the legalization of absinthe two years ago, countless new and old-recipes for the anise spirit have launched and relaunched.
Gordon continued, "Absinthe attracts because of the mystique surrounding it, but its comeback is also due to the interest in classic cocktails.
Absinthe, the opalescent green, anise-flavored, high-proof spirit, banned worldwide for almost 100 years, is back.
For one thing, the high 69% (138[degrees]) alcohol was often mishandled, and the recommended addition of water--anywhere from three to six rimes the amount of absinthe, was often overlooked.
Most absinthes are distilled, the Czech or Bohemian varieties being a major exception.
A turn-of-the-century murder trial in which a Swiss man charged with killing his family was shown to have drunk two absinthes on the day of the killing (along with several bottles of wine and other forms of alcohol) gave impetus to the ban absinthe movement.
Quality absinthe must contain wormwood, which delivers the drinks signature bitterness, says Brad Coburn, a co-owner at Pangea, who serves 13 different absinthes and uses the liquor in cocktails.
Absinthe is traditionally distilled with botanicals like wormwood, anise and fennel and ranges from 90 to 150 proof.
Salt Lake City -- The newly launched UNDER CURRENT CLUB recently held an absinthe
tasting featuring five absinthes
cocktails as well as plates of oysters to act as a pairing for guests.
As for absinthe
, Driscoll said it should continue to grow.
You could say "absinthe
makes the heart grow fonder." But what does it do for the taste buds?
An estimated 24 absinthe
brands hit the market in the past 18 months.
But true notoriety for these intensely flavored alcoholic anise drinks really began in the 1800s, when anise-based spirits took the form of absinthe
La Fee is authorized by the Musee de l'Absinthe
in Auverssur-Oise, near Paris, which is under the stewardship of founder Marie-Claude Delahaye.
And while Absinthe
may be a little bit too retro-cool for his saloon tastes -- it's designed to resemble an Art Nouveau Parisian restaurant -- Caen most likely would have approved of most of the reborn cocktails that appear on the bar's plain yet elegant manila beverage list, gathered as they are just above his name and the above quotation.