Absinthe USA: Where to buy the real thing

Welcome to ALANDIA, the online store to buy original Absinthe in the USA. Original Absinthe means that ALANDIA sells European Absinthe brands made with wormwood according to traditional recipes. We ship to the USA via Airmail and Courier Express. Your order will arrive at your door within 8-10 days (Airmail) or 2-3 days (Courier Express), whatever you prefer. All orders include our 100% ALANDIA Delivery Guarantee, meaning that you will get your order safe and sound or we will refund your your money. There is absolute nothing you have to worry about. In terms of payment we accept Paypal and all major credit cards. Ordering your bottle of Absinthe is therefore safe and convenient. If you directly want to start browsing through our extensive line of real Absinthe and Absinthe accesories, just click on one of the recommended products below.

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Absinthe, is it legal to buy?

There are often common misunderstandings about the liquor Absinthe. People sometimes think that the green spirit known as the Green Fairy is still forbidden and poisonous. This is all nonsense, buying a bottle of Absinthe is legal, also in the USA. There it was legalized in 2008. And Absinthe is not a hallucinogenic drug, although real Absinthe contains wormwood. But the concentration of thujone / wormwood in an Absinthe is very low (35mg/l in Europe and 10mg in the USA), therefore you will not have any negative side effects including hallucinations. It is important to mention, that the amount of thujone in real Absinthe was neither higher in the 19th century. This is a common myth. Vintage Absinthes were analysed and guess what, the levels were sometimes even lower than today. What primarily causes an "Absinthe effect" is the high alcohol percentage (68% / 136 proof), plus the essential oils of the herbs and spices. The alcohol content of a bottle of Absinth is way more than every other liquor. Vodka and Whisky have for example an alcohol percentage of 40% / 80 proof. Therefore Absinthe is in comparison very strong.

Real Absinthe from Europe

The spirit Absynthe (alternative spelling) is also emotionally loaded with a rich history. Especially during the 19th century it was the drink of choice in Europe, especially France. Therefore, you can also state, that Europe and Absinthe build a couple like Italy and pasta. The Absinthe culture simply originates in Europe. Here the liquor was invented and many distilleries that produce Absinthe today, already did it 100 years ago. Most of the Absinthe brands we offer for sale are from these small-batch distilleries. Especially our house brands Strong68, Maison ALANDIA, Heritage Verte, République and Moulin Vert are very authentic, in the sense that they are made in France at a family-owned distillery, that exists since 1859. The wormwood used for Absinthe distillation is cultivated on the fields of the distillery. This guarantees premium quality and maximum authenticity. You will find more information about these original Absinthes at the product description page. Buy the real thing, buy your Absinthe online at ALANDIA.

Buy Absinthe in the USA

You can purchase a lot of different Absinthe brands at different price levels the ALANDIA Absinthe store. If you are looking for strong Absinthe at a reasonable price you should order Strong68. It is distilled with a higher amount of wormwood. If you are looking for the ultimate quality at a slightly higher price, then you should go for an Absinthe from our premium Absinthe section. An outstanding Absinthe is for example Maison ALANDIA. It is made with 16 different herbs and has therefore a very complex taste. We also stock the Jade Absinthe line, including Jade Terminus Oxygenée, Nouvelle Orleans, Suisse Verte, PF 1901 and Edouard. These Absinthes are distilled in France by the Combier distillery, supervised by the US chemist and master distiller Mr. Ted Breaux. These brands are true recreations of famous vintage Absinthe brands.

Can I buy real Absinthe in the USA?

Absinthe was commonly consumed in the United States of America in the French Quarter in New Orleans. There the Old Absinthe House still exists, which you can visit to drink a glass of Absinthe. Famous personalities like the poet and writer Ernest Hemingway consumed their glass of Absinthe in this famous bar. The most famous American Absinthe brand in the US was Herbsaint. It is still sold in the USA but as a thujone-free Pastis. At some liquor stores you can also find American Absinthe for sale. But only Absinthe brands made according to US standards. This does not mean that these bottles are not true or of bad quality, it simply means, that these American brands are made with a lower amount of wormwood, not exceeding the American legal level of 10mg thujone.

Which US Absinthe is the best to buy?

There are a bunch of US Absinthes on the market. One of the first brands you could find in liquor stores after Absinthe was legalized in america in 2008 / 2009 was St. George and Tourment Vert. St. George can be considered as a decent Absinthe as it is not artifcially colored like Tourment Vert. Nevertheless the recipe of St. George is quite fancy, meaning that herbs are distilled, that are not 100% authentic. They use for example basil, which was not used back in the 19th century. Additionally, they skip green anise and use star anise instead. Nevertheless this brand is ok, if you want to get started. Other brands are Leopold, Pacifique and Kubler. These ones are ok as well. Lucid Absinthe was also one of the first US approved products. It is distilled in France. It is a bit "watered down", not so powerful as other premium Absinthes. Another brand, that is available for sale in the USA is Mansinthe. It is the official Absinthe of the musician Marilyn Manson. Despite Manson's extraordinary personality his Absinthe and the style of the bottle is quite traditional. Mansinthe is naturally green in color and traditionally made in Switzerland. It is a good Absinthe to begin with.

How to drink Absinthe

Below you can see a video of the tradional French Absinthe ritual. It is the preparation method that we recommend. As you can see this ritual does not include fire. You only use ice-cold water and sugar. This is the proper way how Absinthe was as well prepared back in the 19th century. The fire ritual is a modern invention that we actually do not recommend. It is dangerous and also destroys the fine flavor of any Absinthe. It is like mixing a good red wine with coke, you simply should not do it. Additionally the Absinthe glass can crack, if the Absinthe inside the glass catches fire. Check out our video of the classic preparation method of the Green Fairy:

 

 

Read what other Absintheurs say about ALANDIA:

„I would like to take just a moment to thank you for your excellent customer service. It had been a while since I had placed an order, and when I did I ordered two bottles of my long-time favortie, Abisinthe Amer 72. Just six days after placing the order, my absinthe was delivered. Thanks again for such excellent customer service, and I wish all at Alandia a very happy holiday season...“

Kenneth from USA

„Greetings Matthias, I am writing to let you know my order arrived on Friday. I am extremely pleased with every product and more importantly with the service and correspondence you've shown me. Truly Alandia is a company of excellence. I will be placing a second order after Christmas, this time the items will be for my consumption. I will be emailing you my product list shortly after Christmas to arrange payment via PayPal. I have to narrow my list down first. Again, thank you for everything. I am very impressed with Alandia! All my best to you and your staff!“

Castillo from USA

„I got the package today. Thanks for the very speedy shipping! Can't wait to try it, but of course it's a Christmas gift, so....~~fingers crossed that it's as good as the reviews!!~~ Thanks for the gummy bears, too, and the coupon, will surely use it either for more of the same or to try another...“

Lizz from Seattle

„I'm looking forward to surprising my girlfriend with the items. She's mentioned she's always wanted to try absinthe out, but getting quality absinthe here in the United States is apparently a bit of a challenge. I'm new to it myself, but you came highly recommended. Sincerest thanks again & looking forward to future business.!“

Jerre from USA