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Absinthe Frequently Asked Questions

"What is Absinthe?"

Absinthe is a strong alcoholic drink made with herbal extracts of Artemisia absinthium, commonly known as wormwood. The wormwood contains a chemical known as thujone that is thought to be slightly psychoactive.

Absinthe was first commercialized by Henri Louis Pernod circa 1805, it became very popular amongst Europeans and most notably among artists Van Gogh, Baudelaire, and Verlaine. It is thought to bring lucidity and clarity to the beauty of nature as well as act as an aphrodisiac.

It was ultimately banned due to pressure from powerful wine makers who were losing substantial money form the competition produced by the much cheaper and easily made Absinthe. Also absinthe of old was very high in alcohol content and often the production left behind adulterated materials. Finally, the possible toxic effects of extended thujone use and social stigma led to its prohibition in most countries in the early 1900's.

"What are the effects of Absinthe?"

First of all Absinthe is generally a very strong alcohol (upwards of 190 proof) so that in itself will have an effect. But it is also believed to have a further effect due to the addition of various herbs, these herbs contribute to the intoxicating effect. The effects on every individual is subjective, most describe a sense of clarity or lucidity. It is a misconception that Absinthe will make you hallucinate or go mad. But that said it is a much different experience than drinking beer. One will only need one or two glasses to feel its effects, any more and you will just get dangerously drunk.

"How do you drink Absinthe?"

Traditional Absinthe is considered bitter and strong. So it is traditionally diluted with cold water and sugar. Generally you dilute 1 part absinthe with 5 parts water

The french method is as follows.

La Fee Verte Absinthe

  1. pour one shot (approx 1oz) Absinthe into a glass.
  2. Then place a perforated Absinthe spoon over the glass.
  3. Place a few sugar cubes on the spoon
  4. Slowly pour ice cold water (approx 5 oz) over the cubes so that they melt into the glass.
  5. Once glass is full mix with spoon.
  6. Enjoy!

Absinthe flaming If you have been to Europe recently then perhaps you have done a shot in a bar. The modern bohemian method is much different. The modern absinthe does not need to be diluted, they will often give you a spoon full of sugar. You then slowly dunk the spoon into the shot to saturate the sugar, then place on the glass and light with a flame. This makes for a nice effect and allows the sugar to melt. Once it has caramelized you blow it out, mix it in the shot and drink. (This method can be very dangerous due to the high flammability of alcohol, DON'T BURN YOUR HOUSE DOWN).

"Is absinthe legal in the U.S.?"

No. Traditional Absinthe is not legal in the U.S.. Absinthe isn't controlled as a drug but as a food product by the FDA. It is illegal to sell Alcoholic beverages that contain thujone that was banned as a food additive according to Section 801A of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of August, 1972. Thujone is the active ingredient in wormwood used for making Absinthe and is considered psychoactive.

Additionally it is illegal to distill alcohol (the process of purifying a liquid by boiling it and condensing its vapors) with out the proper licenses from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. Note that it is legal to infuse or soak herbs in alcohol, just not distillation.

I just saw a bottle of absinthe in the liquor store , I thought it was illegal to sell absinthe in the US?

This subject is getting complicated but yes traditional absinthe is illegal to sell. But given the thirst of Americans desire for absinthe the industry is finding a way to get it to the people. There is a chemical in traditional absinthe called Thujone, this chemical is banned in food products by the FDA. This one chemical is what makes absinthe illegal to sell.

Companies and the liquor industry have found that by filtering out this chemical they can legally sell their brand of absinthe in the USA.

Seeing dollar signs many distillers and companies are now on a public relations campaign to downplay the role of Thujone and gain acceptance of this form absinthe by the American public. Many are writing articles or launching sites that promote this new view of absinthe in an effort to gain acceptance. (READ MORE)

"What about the Absinthe in Europe?"

Absinthe is legal in many countries in Europe. But it is not the same as the absinthe of old and many there view it as a tourist gimmick. The European Community Codex Committee on Food Additives has restricted the levels of thujone to 0.5 ppm (mg/kg) in food and beverages, 10 ppm (mg/kg) in alcoholic beverages containing more than 25% alcohol. This is far weaker than the 80 ppm (mg/kg) thujone level produced by our kit.

Also note that is also illegal to have European Absinthe shipped to the U.S. and it is likely to be confiscated by customs.

"Is this kit legal?"

Yes, since we do not sell the kit as a food product or an alcoholic beverage it is legal. Our kit does contain organic chemical free wormwood/thujone. We sell this kit as a novelty. There are no known cases of prosecution for possession of Absinthe containing beverages in the US. But if the consumer uses this kit in an illegal manner it is not our responsibility.

"How does the kit work."

We sell the kit as a novelty, but if one wanted they could use the herbal bags to infuse very strong clear alcohol (ie everclear 190 proof) with the herbs. The first set of herbs are used as the main source of herbal extract. It is placed in a 1 liter bottle of alcohol and allowed to soak for 5 days in a dark warm place, then removed. Then the second bag could be added to create the distinctive taste and color. This is allowed to soak for 3 days. That's it.

Website FAQ

Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about our Web site.

"How much is shipping and who do you ship the packages with?"

Shipping is just $4.95 and most packages go through the United States Postal Services.

"How long will it take to arrive?"

Most orders are shipped the same day we receive them. We do ask that you allow 10 days for delivery but most packages only take about 4 days.

"Does the shipping label say GreenDevil.com?"

NO. Privacy and discretion are important to us and our customers. All packages will come in plain brown wrapping and the shipping Label will say that the package is from P38 Media

"Will my credit card have a charge on it from GreenDevil.com?"

No your card will have a charge from P38 Media / ICS , this is our Web site development company, This too is done to ensure privacy and discretion.

"What countries do you ship to?"

Currently we only ship within the U.S.

"What if I do not want to order using a credit card over the internet?"

If you would like you can order via regular postal mail by filling out our mail in order form (click) and sending it in along with a CERTIFIED check or money order.

"Who is Green Devil?"

We are a group of guys with over ten years experience as herbalists and brewers. We have been making this for years and love to share the wonderful world of absinthe with everyone.