Absinthe is a spirit distilled from various herbs and botanicals including Artemisia absinthium (“grand wormwood”) from which it gets its name. Although this spirit is often said to be a hallucinogenic substance, there is no scientific evidence to verify this claim. The drink is believed to have originated in Switzerland during the late 18th century. Historically, absinthe has also been called la fée verte (the green fairy), a reference to its natural green colour.
Absinthe is enjoyed in numerous different manners, but is normally diluted with water (and sometimes sugar) before consumption. It is also found in cocktails such as Monkey Gland and Sazerac.
In terms of alcohol content, absinthe contains between 45% and 74% alcohol by volume.
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