Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Green Fairies

As some of you may have heard, the EU has recently begun to regulate absinthe production once again. For those of you who have not followed this breaking news story as closely as you could, the upshot is that genuine absinthe is now legal to sell in the US. Hurrah! I have had many, many home-brewed versions of this concoction, and some of them were very good. Some of them were, um, disgusting. The key seems to be in the freshness of the wormwood. Or something.

If you are at all interested in adopting absinthe as a hobby, I highly recommend Fee Verte, which has hundreds of types and lots of reviews. He has written a very interesting article on thujone, the active chemical in wormwood.

The site also sells many different styles of glasses, spoons, and drippers. You can get some very nice spoons and other accoutrement here at POSH. (There is actually quite a lot on that site, well worth a look. Their flea market finds are amazing.)

Get some for Valentine's day and break the red-and-white tradition!

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