As far as I know, the Bohemians were absinthe drinkers. But besides that, this is a drink worth of attention. It offers good time, or maybe bad, or maybe you won’t even remember what was going on. It is banned in many countries, and that is not for no reason. Hmm the Bohemian Absinthe….
I will jump directly back in the history and sum everything nicely for you my readers.
The history of Absinthe
As many other things on this world, we cannot be sure about the origins of the absinthe. The first thing to know is that this drink is made of a wormwood (Artemisia absinthium). A woody scrub, with bitter aromatic taste. This plant was used in the ancient Egypt for a medical purposes. It is mentioned in the Ebers Papyrus dating from 1550 BC. In Greece, there are evidences found of a wine made with wormwood.
But, all the credit for the Absinthe we drink today, goes to Pierre Ordinaire. A French doctor who after the French Revolution in 1789, settled in Couvet, Swiss. Over there it is believed that he used his sister’s recipe to make the green elixir, which cures everything. In 1797 the first absinthe distillery was opened, called Dubied Piere et Fils. Than in 1805, Pornod Fils was opened in Pontarlier, France and remained one of the most popular absinthe brands. It was a drink for the artists, writers and the intellectuals.
The Consumption of Absinthe
The population of the absinthe grew a lot during 1840s. It was given to the French troops as a prevention of malaria. They took it home and absinthe become well known in all the bars, cafes and other locals. In the 1860s 5 pm was called “The Green Hour”. Everyone become absinthe drinker, as for the rich, so for the poor bohemians and even ordinary working-classes people.
“By 1910, the French were drinking 36 million liters of absinthe per year, as compared to their annual consumption of almost 5 billion liters of wine”
The consumption of the absinthe spread all over the Europe. The Spanish people become among the biggest drinkers, and the only country who never banned the beverage. In Prague was also one of the absinthe main spots. In the famous Café Slavia, many artists and intellectuals were enjoying the drink.
Before the World War I, some scandals were the reason of changing the public opinion of absinthe. So by 1915 the epicenter of the absinthe culture, banned the sale and production of the beverage.
There are two styles of absinthe, the French-Swiss style, and the Czech or Bohemian Style. When it is referred as Bohemian Absinthe, or when it is called “absinth”, without “e”, it is a negative term.
Bohemian Absinthe was very popular in Prague and other parts of the Czech Republic, but the drinks were imported, mainly from Switzerland and France. The Bohemian Absinthe produced in Czech, is an artificial product, and is far bitterer, and it has a lack of natural herbs and fruit extracts. It sounds like, not the original one.
The Effects of Absinthe
The nickname of the absinthe is La fee verte, meaning The Green Lady. This comes from the love affair the drinkers had on absinthe, so it become like a muse. But there were some side effects given to this beverage, like madness, slot and murder. So the green Lady become the Green Curse. There was a big curiosity about the psychoactive ingredients in the drink. And truly, there is that ingredient called thujone, and that is the dangerous thing about all the drink. Luckily the levels of it are very low. But, there is something about the way the drink is poured, and it offers the consumer very relaxing and enjoyable experience. It heightens your senses and it awakens them in a way no other alcohol can.
Much more I like to share with you. Read more on my Bohemian Lifestyle Magazine. Have you ever tried absinthe? What do you think of it?