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How Much Do You Know About Absinthe?

On today's date in 1915, absinthe was outlawed in France and several other European countries. Although it had been banned in the United States for three years, the French ban was significant because it was the French who popularized the green spirit.

To honor the date, I put together a quiz of absinthe facts. Test your knowledge on the controversial spirit, when you start clicking.


How Much Do You Know About Absinthe?

T/F: Absinthe is legal in the United States.

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doogirl doogirl 8 years
5/8, I've never had it and I probably won't. I just don't feel the need to try it, seems a little silly to me.
danixk danixk 8 years
easy, easy. I've never had it...but "the US stuff is nothing compared to what they have in Europe", as my friend says.
TiKiBoo TiKiBoo 8 years
aaah perfect night cap for a rainy last call
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
soul-bypass soul-bypass 8 years
7/8 :)
tammibree tammibree 8 years
7/8 only because I don't watch Top Chef. Tricky question!
BobFlute BobFlute 8 years
It does not have to taste of licorice actually, there are many brands that are wormwood rich that do not have this "problem" and the licorice (from anise) is just a back note. Very relaxing as well...I have a glass noooow :-) oops I hit the keys too much...
Spiderlove Spiderlove 8 years
8/8. I know my Absinthe!
girlwparasol girlwparasol 8 years
The brands of absinthe that are legal to sell in the US are still made using wormwood, and do contain thujone, but apparently in such trace amounts that it is either undetectable, or would have negligible effect. There's a lot of debate over whether the inclusion of thujone is even necessary to the "experience" of drinking absinthe, but I can't add to it, because I hate any liquour that tastes like liquorice. eugh.
suziryder suziryder 8 years
Didn't "true" absinthe have wormwood in it, which made it hallucinogenic? And the absinthe sold in America doesn't have it, so that's why it's legal now?
BobFlute BobFlute 8 years
No it certainly is not authentic. It is a "thujone free" made for America variety of "absinthe" Here is why: Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) regulation at 21 CFR 172.510 means that absinthe must be thujone free. It also cannot be called absinthe if it is sold in US stores...the term "absinthe" may not stand alone on the label; it must be accompanied by additional or dispelling information so as not to appear as the class and type designation. 27 CFR 5.42(a)(1). Boring but true, and not something the marketing men will tell you either. You can find the real thing with thujone in Europe and online.
Brandi13jrm Brandi13jrm 8 years
I've had the real deal, friend brought it back from Australia. It does have a"trippy" effect. I wonder if the absinthe sold in the US is authentic.
Antioxidant Antioxidant 8 years
The one time I tried absinthe it was quite an interesting experience. I really want to try some again.
sunshinepointe sunshinepointe 8 years
My ex tried making his own absinthe. It was a rather interesting experiment.
sandy82 sandy82 8 years
I once had had too much and I couldn't feel my arms and legs for hours. Insanity.
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
Absinthe certainly made for a rough night for my husband. The worst I've ever seen him. It made me never want to try the stuff.
misslilad misslilad 8 years
kia, that sounds delicious. i will have to try it
kia kia 8 years
Actually I don't think a special spoon is necessary for the consumption of absinthe... at my home we enjoy Hemingway's "Death in the Afternoon" which is simply champagne and absinthe... no sugar, no spoon, no fire.
CoconutPie CoconutPie 8 years
Question 4: The over consumption of absinthe will make you SICK!!! :true: Trust me...
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