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The liquor Absinthe can look back on a long history in the USA and in South and Central America. The famous spot in the USA for the consumption of Absinthe was New Orleans and its French Quarter. Here is as well the famous Old Absinthe House located. It has been a tourist attraction for more than a century and you can still see the original marble Absinthe fountain, which once was used to prepare the drink.
In the year 2007, almost 100 years after absinthe prohibition, the alcoholic spirit absinthe was once again legalized, but only those Absinthes, which contain less than 10ppm of thujone. Finally the FDA authorised Absinthe again for sale in the USA. This is a very remarkable and historic development which was accomplished by the efforts of two companies. One was and is an Absinthe producer in Switzerland, Kubler Absinthe, the other Viridian Spirits, a US based company. The two of them worked independently of each other and Viridian was the first to get the legal approval for their Absinthe Lucid, although Kubler was the first and earliest to fight for Absinthe legalization. Kubler is a small family owned distillery, it is the same distillery, that in 2005 had been instrumental in the re-legalization of absinthe in Switzerland itself. Viridian Spirits is a new startup company controlled by Jared Gurfein, a New York attorney.
Absinthe isn´t illegal anymore. You can say a big dream came true: Almost 100 years americans had to wait, until Absinthe got legalized once again. Absinthe can be found in alcohol shops and restaurants and bars within the US legally. A question like: Is Absinthe illegal in the USA? belongs to the past. Besides the purchase of Absinthe in bars and restaurant the easiest way is to order it online. Absinthe shops offer a wide range of Absinthe and Absinthe accessories like absinthe spoons, absinthe glasses, absinthe fountains or Absinthe pipes. A trustworthy Absinthe shop is ALANDIA. It was founded in the year 2001 and has its base in Europe. Shipments to the US are processed on daily basis and after the placement of your order it takes approx. 6 days until the Green Fairy arrives in the USA. The delivery is guaranteed, therefore you, the buyer, has no risk at all. Absinthe is legal in the USA, therefore you don´t have to worry about any custom issues.
Here are some more details about the legal status of Absinthe in the USA: According to the FDA an amount of 10mg thujon per litre pure alcohol is legal. In the european union 35mg are legal. That is the difference between US Absinthes, for example like Lucid, St. Georges, Tournament Vert or the US Kubler version. Real strong Absinthe still comes from Europe. There the 35mg law allows to produce a legal Absinthe with the triple amount of thujon which is released by the oil of the wormwood plant.
Absinthe looks back on a long tradition in Europe. Countries like France, Switzerland or Spain have produced the drink legally since decades. Like we described, the legal situation there is different compared to the USA: Real, authentic and strong Absinthe still comes from Europe, not the USA. L´Absinthe´s roots are in Switzerland and France. The first bottle of Absinthe was produced in the late 18th century in Couvet and Pontarlier. It was commercially distributed by Mr. H. L. Pernod. The grand-grandfather of the french Pastis Pernod. Pernod brought Absinthe to its fame and glory. At the turn of the century Absinthe distilleries could be found all over Europe and Absinthe places were a common institution in cities, especially in 19th century Paris. In the USA the Green Fairy, how Absinthe was called, was mainly drunk in the French quarter in New Orleans. In the Old Absinthe House, the famous Absinthe bar in New Orleans, writers like Hemingway enjoyed their holy glass of Absinthe. You prepare an Absinthe using one shot absinthe and two parts ice cold water. The most historically known Absinthe brand in the US was Herbsaint. Herbsaint still is sold in the USA but as a thujon free Pastis/Anis.
At ALANDIA the Green Fairy liquor is now legally for sale. It is not illegal anymore by the FDA and does not belong any longer to the controlled substances. To be precise wormwood, the bitter plant, was forbidden as a food ingredient as wormwood contains the toxic ingredient thujon. Thujon or also spelled thujone has an activating physical and mental effect.
So how can the effect of Absinthe be described?
- Authentic Absinthe can serve as a mental activator. You feel awake and fit and have the desire to communicate. But it is not a drug (by the way, it WON´T show up in any drug test).
- Absinthe is also famous for its empowering love effects.
To summarize the facts: In European countries 35mg of thujon in an Absinthe are legal. In the US only 10mg (or less) are legal. But thujone is not the most important thing about Absinthe. The green liquor should be consumed as well for other reasons: It has a long tradition and a very interesting ritual. You do not drink Absinthe as a shot. You use an Absinthe spoon and an Absinthe spoon for thr preparation. Absinthe was drank originally between 5 and 6 pm. This time was called the Green Hour.
If you want a strong Absinthe, we recommend to order Strong68; when you do not mind about a bitter taste. This is the hardstuff. It has to be prepared with two sugar cubes. This balances the bitter smack to a potent and enjoyable Absinthe. To purchase Absinthe legally in the USA visit ALANDIA online.
The best shop to buy Absinthe online is ALANDIA. There you will find real Absinthe and Absinthe accessories. Absinthe Spoons, Absinthe glasses, Absinthe fountains, Absinthe Posters, Absinthe Sugar and a lot more are for sale.
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