Absinthe Cocktail Recipes

Why was absinthe illegal?

Absinthe was a victim of its own success. During a period of phylloxera and struggles in the European wine market, absinthe came to Paris and instantly became a favorite of cafe life. In fact, happy hour in Paris bars, cafes and cabarets of mid 19th-century Europe was called L’Heure Verte, or green hour. When the wine industry roared back, anti absinthe propaganda was the easiest way to get the people to put down their absinthe and drink wine again. Modern science proved absinthe was already legal and so it was allowed for sale again in the US beginning March 5, 2007. No laws needed changing and no ban was lifted. In fact, it is very likely that absinthe had been legal since the repeal of prohibition.

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