Absinthe is an often misunderstood spirit, especially here in the states where it spent most of the 20th century being banned. We wrote about the history of the spirit, and separated fact from fiction in a recent article. Here’s the long and short of it: for a long time, the green alcohol was exceptionally hard to find in the United States. But now, you can find it at a number of bars as well as your favorite liquor shop.
Here are a few of the Absinthes that are currently available in the United States. This group is actually all available at your local Total Wine, either in store of through its website.
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Mephisto Absinthe is made in Austria and is based on the original 1909 recipe. It includes a number of herbs, including sage and fennel, in addition to the presence of grand wormwood.
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St. George's Absinthe Verte is going to be a little sweeter than your average Absinthe, in part due to the fact that its base liquor is brandy. The spirit is made in the United States (one of the few Absinthes that are) and includes mint, lemon balm, basil, and other herbs in addition to wormwood.
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Parnasse Absinth (yes, that's who they spell it) Superiore, is made in Italy. This Italian one is going to have a really strong anise flavor.
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Lucid is the Absinthe I see the most in stores, I think perhaps because of its menacing-looking bottle. The spirit is made in France, and has Grande Wormwood.
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Grande Absenthe is actually the first Absinthe I remember purchasing legally. It's hand-crafted in France (just like the original Absinthe) and is 138-proof (so watch out!)