Last Updated on November 28, 2023
National Absinthe Day is celebrated on March 5th in the United States to honor one of the world’s most famous alcoholic beverages: absinthe. Absinthe is a drink made from an infusion of wormwood, anise, fennel, and licorice, and was first created in the 18th century. Absinthe quickly became popular because of its distinctive taste and was even enjoyed by people as a cocktail or as an alcoholic beverage on its own.
History of Absinthe Day
Absinthe quickly became popular due to its distinctive taste and was even enjoyed by famous artists and writers, including Vincent van Gogh and Ernest Hemingway, who called it “the green fairy.”
Despite its popularity, absinthe was eventually banned in many countries, including the United States, due to safety concerns. However, in the late 20th century, the ban on absinthe was lifted in many countries, and it is now available legally and widely in many parts of the world.
Why Celebrate National Absinthe Day
National Absinthe Day is an opportunity to appreciate absinthe’s complex flavors and aromas, and its place in history, popular culture, and art history. It is also a chance to learn more about the history and production of this famous spirit.
How to Celebrate National Absinthe Day
There are many ways to celebrate National Absinthe Day, such as picking up a bottle of your favorite absinthe from your local liquor store or specialty spirits retailer or trying out a new brand or variety you’ve never tried.
If you’re feeling creative, you can experiment with different absinthe cocktails using traditional recipes or new ingredients and flavors. Some popular absinthe cocktails include the Sazerac, the Absinthe Frappe, and the Corpse Reviver No. 2.
Another way to celebrate National Absinthe Day is to visit a bar or restaurant specializing in absinthe. Many cities have bars that offer absinthe tastings or traditional absinthe service, which involves slowly adding water to create a cloudy, milky appearance.
Fun Facts About Absinthe
Many fun facts about absinthe make it an interesting and unique spirit. For example:
- Absinthe was banned in the United States from 1912 until 2007.
- Traditional absinthe is made using a special method called the “Louche,” which involves adding water to the spirit to create a cloudy, milky appearance.
- Absinthe has a high alcohol content, typically around 60-70% alcohol by volume (ABV).
- The active ingredient in absinthe, thujone, is a chemical that is also found in sage and rosemary.
- The green color of absinthe comes from the chlorophyll in the wormwood used to make the spirit.
National Absinthe Day is a day to celebrate absinthe and its rich history. Whether you enjoy absinthe for its unique flavor and aromas or its intoxicating effects, it is important to drink it responsibly and in moderation.