Prohibition is Finally Over!


The wait is over. The Green Fairy is back. Absinthe is once again legal in the US.

Well, sorta. It’s a bit of a modified, old school absinthe recipe, but its the closest thing you’ll find, legally.

UPDATE: It isn’t exactly modified. Here an explanation from the president of Lucid.

I want to assure you that there really isn’t anything modified about our product.  If you are familiar with Ted Breaux, he has spent a dozen years perfecting absinthe making in Europe based on the original pre-ban recipes.  He has meticulously recreated genuine Absinthe is it was meant to be.  In so doing he also managed to refine it to the point where the Thujone was virtually non-existent.  But that’s just as it was in the 1800’s according to Ted.  About the only modification was to create a taste a little easier for Americans.  But that just involved balancing the herbs.  I promise you’ll recognize the wormwood the moment you pull out the cork!

If any of you fine readers get your hands on a bottle of Lucid Absinthe Supérieure before I do, please report back.

According to the New York Times

Lucid is the debut product from Viridian Spirits of Manhasset, N.Y., founded in early 2006. According to Jared Gurfein, Viridian’s president, the company’s first order of business was to contact Ted Breaux, a chemist known for his detailed analyses of vintage absinthes.

And according to their site

Introducing lucid, Absinthe Supérieure. lucid represents a breakthrough product for the U.S. market, as it is the first true, Grande Wormwood-based Absinthe of its type since before prohibition. Unlike imitators in the U.S. and the many so-called “Absinthe” products that litter the international markets, lucid is crafted directly from select whole herbs, including Grande Wormwood, and never from cheaper assemblages, macerations, extracts or oils.

How To Prepare Lucid Absinthe Supérieure

Although there are many cocktail preparations available on this website, we suggest you first try Lucid in the traditional French manner: pour 1.25-1.5 oz. of Lucid into an appropriate glass. Then place a sugar cube atop a flat, perforated spoon that rests on the rim of the glass. (Note that the sugar and the spoon are optional as Lucid has a subtle, natural sweetness without adding sugar). Slowly drip 4-5 oz. of ice cold water on top of the sugar cube (or directly into the glass), which slowly dissolves into the Absinthe.

The cold water causes Lucid to louche into an opalescent cloud as the herbal essences emerge from the Absinthe and perfume the room.

Where to Purchase

Lucid is being introduced in select cities beginning in late-May 2007 and can be purchased through better retail shops and finer establishments in each city.

Make sure to check back often for release dates and ordering info. Bottles priced at $59.95 for a 750-milliliter bottle.

Be sure to check out the bottle design and packaging on their website.
Photo above from Flickr.

23 comments so far

  1. arthurcraven on

    to louche?


  2. Justin on

    haha “modified” 🙂

  3. cincodemayo1 on

    Wonder if it has the same effect. Someone want to experiment?

  4. raincoaster on

    Yes, but it’s VILE. I mean, seriously, seriously vile. And so is all of the imported stuff from Former Soviet Republics. I know, I’ve tried.

  5. cincodemayo1 on

    Ah, we have an Absinthe expert in the house. I’ll have to give it a try someday but I heard mixed things. I actually have a small 8oz bottle on my bar that’s never been opened. Maybe I should give it a spin?

  6. Jackie on

    Never realized it wasn’t legal in the USA for a while. I used to always like a London Fog cocktail which is Absinthe and gin but due to the price of Absinthe these days in South Africa I now stick to local liquors.

  7. cincodemayo1 on

    Gin and coconut milk is also quite good. Give that a try.

  8. absintheur on

    “No thujone absinthe for the USA…and by the way pre ban absinthe had no thujone either, so it’s authentic”

    hmmmm..rather convenient, don’t you think!

    Also, who said that about pre ban absinthe thujone levels? Why it was T.A. Breaux (the guy that makes this thujone free “absinthe” Lucid)

    The only reason absinthe is banned in the US is the thujone content. Most European absinthes have upto 35mg/l and you can buy it online if like.

    There’s more on my blog about Lucid.

  9. cincodemayo1 on

    Thanks for the info. Cool blog too!

  10. Flix on

    Come to Macedonia, here absinthe i’s legal we drink it in every bar 🙂 it’s soo colll, but it’s not recommendat more then 3 galsses.

  11. Absinthemis on

    I don’t agree with the above poster who referred to it as “vile”. It really all depends on your personal tastes, like with anything else. Whether you while find it vile or enticing will go according to that and what you can handle. Just don’t try and force yourself to like it like many do, because of its “cool” or “taboo” factor or “mystique” or whatever b.s. they pull on it, but don’t condemn it before you try it, either.

  12. Dan From Media Darling on

    I’m fucked off of 3 shots of legal absinthe. My friend Josh is kinda fucked off of 3 and a Jack and Coke, and Alex isnt feeling much after 4.

    We followed the instructions very carefully off of the bottle of La Fee Absinthe. Josh said i sound like a 13 year old.. fuck him.. he’s a faggot.

  13. Joachim on

    Lol i got wasted of tht stuff last nightXD
    taste of shit tho ahahaha

  14. Joachim on

    Haha dan just have to say i wasnt touched after 5 shots lmao!! took 4 more bacardi breezers haha

  15. xxwilkill4bcrichxx on

    I was at a club in NOLA last night called the dungeon. GREAT club…. the lucid Absinthe was great. Over the bar there is a small sign saying they have it for 7.50 a serving… i got curious and wanted to know if it tasted the same as the stuff i had in Berlin… It didn’t… All it was was about a teaspoon of wormwood with another teaspoon of everclear and twice as much sugar water. My friend thought hers was nasty so i drank hers and mine… i didn’t feel it at first but when i woke up this morning i was faced with the question, “How the f*ck did i get home?!?!?! Wait, Who are you?!?!?” Apperently i hallucinated and a friend of a friend came home with me and i refused to go to sleep unless he slept with me in the bed “To protect me from the scary people”… or so he said… n e way.. if ur going to drink the stuff be good about it and don’t drink to much…

  16. Meatwaggon on

    Those who stated that absinthe is “vile” have been drinking that crappy stuff call absinth (no -e at the end), also known as “czechsinth”, “czechswill”, “assbinth”, or just “swill”. That stuff is horrendously bitter, macerated crap and is not distilled as is traditionally done with real absinthe. Please don’t confuse the two. The real absinthe has the distillation step which removes the vast majority of the bitter absinthin compounds and leaves you with a wonderfully balanced, VERY slightly bitter distillate smelling of various herbs balanced in perfect harmony. That’s real absinthe.

    As a general rule, almost anything made in the Czech Republic is the fake bitter crapsinth variety. Try some brands like Jade, Duplais, Roquette, or Bell Amie. Three authentic brands just recently made legal in the US and available for sale here are Lucid, Kubler 53, and St. Georges. More are coming. Drink those, not stuff like KOSG which thinks it can fool people into buying garbage by artificially charging massively inflated prices, with the thought that people will think if it’s expensive it must be good, it must be the real deal. Caveat emptor!

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  18. eyelinerrobot on

    Listen to meatwaggon. Also, don’t take shots of any kind of absinthe, a louche is needed to release all the flavors. If you want to get fucked up buy a plastic bottle of vodka.

  19. Psydo on

    Thanks for the info. Nice blog!

  20. In_grind_we_crust on

    Ah absinthe…………I miss the taste severely lol

  21. johnny potsmoker on

    absinthe sucks!! it takes me 2 bottles of green fairy absinthe to get pissed!! so much for a strong drink! and they cost about $70 each…..

  22. killaklown666 on

    absinthe is da shit for all you haters and non beleivers just fuggin drinks da shit for once and get your bitch asses fucked up

  23. David on

    I consider myself to be ‘in the know’ when it comes to absinthe… having made several batches myself.

    Lucid is undoubtedly the best absinthe I have ever tried… the color is fantastic, the aroma is amazing… and the louche is perfect.

    Score 10/10 IMO.

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