Once banned around the world, the alcoholic beverage absinthe is now legally available in every country where alcohol is legal. A 1990s revival of the drink stirred up a great deal of excitement, but their first taste left many drinkers disappointed. Where were the green fairies?
It is popularly believed that the spirit distilled from neutral alcohol, herbs and spices can cause hallucinations. Its nickname of the Green Fairy may have something to do with it, but so may Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 film, Moulin Rouge. The scene in which Kylie Minogue appears briefly as a green otherworldly being no doubt replayed in the minds of many first-timers as they raised their glasses. [Read more…]