Friday, December 07, 2007

Drink of choice for 19th century painters, poets and writers

And now it is legal again to drink absinthe, the green wormwood-based liquid that inspired Vincent Van Gogh to slice off his ear, Picasso and Degas to paint and Hemingway to quaff before running with the bulls.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world," Oscar Wilde said of absinthe.
Well this 120 proof drink is back in the US stores again after being banned since 1912. St. George Spirits of Alameda in CA finally sold its first bottle and on December 21, it will sell 3,600 bottles of Absinthe Verte at $75 per bottle.
Will it make you a Picasso or a Van Gogh, who knows? But you will become Wilde.

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Blogger Cyberpunk said...

i don't drink but i'm curious about absinthe.

btw, marilyn manson has launched his own brand of absinthe. it's called mansinthe.

3:45 AM  
Blogger frank cimatu said...

i asked a friend to buy a bottle. let's see what makes it so literary

10:11 AM  

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