forbidden, banned & confiscated. From 1912 until 1998, 86 years,
absinthe in all forms with the essence of lethal wormwood was publicly
eliminated throughout the world. Only Spain, Portugal and Czechoslovakia
produced absinthe. Most severely restricted was/is Switzerland where as recently
as the year 2000 distillation and sale of handmade Swiss La Bleue carries a fine
of $25,000 USD.
Two months ago an absinthe bar opened in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Two restaurants in
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada will soon be serving absinthe. Doorknobs are
turning, and people are sharing communication over a swirling glass, chilled
water, a slotted spoon, a sugar cube and the luminescent
nearness of the green faery.
Time are a changing! A return to the ways of languid ease and savoring a
shimmering moment as well as a translucent elixir is returning. Ritual and
ceremony are revived as people realize, like in the ancient Japanese tea ceremony, that
the only moment we truly possess is NOW. Stretch it out into
infinity and make it mystic.
image on the left is from 1910 and it represents the temperance league
conquering La Fee Verte, the Green Faery and the image on the right symbolizes
the revival of La Fee Verte in the new millennium!