Getting to Know Absinthe

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La Fee Verte, the green fairy, the green goddess, all popular names for the spirit known as absinthe. However its referred to, absinthe has made a big name for itself throughout history, eventually leading to its banning, and is now making a come back.

The name “absinthe” comes from the scientific name for its main ingredient Artemisia absinthium, or wormwood. Woodworm flavored wines date back to the Egyptians, who drank it for medicinal purposes as early as 1550 B.C. Ancient Greeks also consumed a woodworm flavored wine that may have been the predecessor of modern absinthe. ( It was not until 1792 where it was first distilled in Switzerland by the French doctor Pierre Ordinaire. For five years the spirit was produced for it's medicinal properties. In fact, French soldiers fighting in Algeria were administered absinthe to prevent malaria and dysentery. (Kitchen Doctor) These men sought out this cure-all in the bars and cafes of Paris, where it had gained a following among bohemians and the bourgeoisie. ( This demand was met with commercial absinthe production when Major Dubied bought the recipe from Dr. Ordinaire and proceeded to manufacture the spirit with his son-in-law, Henri-Louis Pernod, in Val-de-Travers, Switzerland. The venture proved to be profitable and Pernod in 1805 moved to a larger facility in Pontarlier, France. Although Pernod only distilled some 16 liters of absinthe when it first started, it only took a few short years for
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