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.