You should drink absinthe because Johnny Depp drinks it. Well, for a short scene in the movie From Hell he drinks absinthe, but shouldn’t that be reason enough? It’s kind of a cool beverage, and it’s certainly mysterious enough to pique interest on whether or not it actually delivers the infamous effects. Past drinkers have reported:
– Clear-headed inebriation
– Surge of creativity
– Mental discovery
– Intuitive comprehension
– Heightened sensory perception
– Senses bleeding into one another
Sheesh, it seems like the only thing this mystical drink doesn’t do is make you thinner or prettier! Its powerful ingredient is thujone. Naturally occurring in the wormwood plant, thujone leaks into absinthe when the drink is produced from the plant. Thujone’s mystery still remains, however, because no one knows exactly how it does its magic.
Thujone has been said to be the “spiritual substance,” transporting the mind to another corridor of consciousness. Drinkers say that once consumed, there is a direct pathway to a “higher intelligence.” This is where all the “gifts” of absinthe are bestowed.
This substance, thujone, is scientifically thought to slow synapses. By removing the obstacles that prevent the normal rate of analyzing thought, thujone can place the mind in a susceptible-to-creativity, slow-paced state. Absinthe apparently gives the human mind free reign. The emotional and primal subconscious stirs awake and begins to operate together with our conscious awareness. This explains the reported “perception of reality on various levels.” The artistic, logical and emotional parts of our brain can all coexist harmoniously (if only for the duration of the “absinthe spell.”)
But doesn’t all of this come at a cost? Not at ABC! We’ve got great prices and huge stocks of absinthe for you and your party to knock back and become enlightened.
This recipe will get you a one-way ticket to Illumination Station:
- 1 oz. Grune Fee (Green Fairy) Absinthe
- .25 oz. Anisette
- Garnish: Mint sprig, for garnish
- Glass: Julep
Shake the absinthe and anisette in a shaker with ice until chilled. Strain into a julep cup filled with crushed ice. Garnish with the mint sprig. Discover your senses!
You could also combine it with Whiskey or Guinness for a mind-illuminating St. Paddy’s day. It seems like a way better option than green food coloring to make green beer! Any way you decide to drink it today, let us know in the comments below what you find when you experience absinthe!
Allie Smallwood, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits marketing copywriter