Secrets of Absinthe .. Revealed!

Excellent timing on this subject .. this just came up in a discussion with a good friend.

No, I’ve not tried it yet (nor do I have that in my near-term plans), especially after what I’ve learned.

According to Tucker Max, Absinthe is "brewed from the urine of Lucifer" (from "I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell"), which prompted me to do a Search to see how it’s made.

Absinthe is a alcoholic spirit (as it has no added sugar during distillation, which would make it a liqueur). It is distilled from the flowers and leaves of the Wormwood plant.

Right off the bat, that doesn’t sound so good, now does it?

Some other fun facts:

  • Absinthe is rumored to have psychotropic properties, although this has not been proven.
  • It is illegal to buy or trade in The States.
  • It is typically served over ice, with added sugar.
  • It’s nickname is "the green fairy", of which we had a glimpse in Baz Luhrmann’s "Moulin Rouge".

van Gogh purportedly drank it to enhance his creativity. The alleged affects can certainly help explain why he "lost" an ear.

There’s more. MSNBC publishes "Absinthe’s Mind-Altering Mystery Solved".

About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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