La Fee Vert (Image via Wikipedia)
There are times when I go on a vintage type craze where certain things from the past are really cool in my mind. Right now the main thing is absinthe. You know, that mystical naughty liquor that was banned because it was thought to be too dangerous? Yeah, well I’m sorry, anything green, liquorice flavored and that ritualistic in drinking has to be something fascinating.I think I was first ‘introduced’ to the term absinthe when I watched Moulin Rouge. The Green Fairy. I thought it was kind of cool, but it didn’t really strike my fancy.
Rebel Angels by Libba Bray, where I first became fascinated
Then I read Rebel Angels by Libba Bray where the actual ritual of absinthe was performed; incorrectly, mind you, but still, it opened my eyes to this fascinating drink. The images that you can find online of the drink are gorgeous. I love looking at them. There is a romantic, sensual quality to it. Reading about the drip, drip, drip of icy water over a sugar cube sitting on a silver spoon. Finally mixing with the small amount of green absinthe in the bottom of the glass and pulling out the louche.
I can imagine the drink would be hypnotic to fix just from all I’ve read about it. Heck, just the pearlescent color it obtains after the water and sugar is beautiful.
See, doesn’t that look lovely? And hypnotic?
And finally, after all the water has dripped through the sugar cube and melted it, you stir around the remaining sugar crystals and voila! you have this lovely minty green liquorwaiting to be sipped. Now, there was a time period it was outlawed, and probably for good reason. I don’t think it was wise to put thujone in it. (can be toxic) However, absinthe is making a comeback as they have taken the bad bits out of it.
I’ve been working on a story that features absinthe in it, but so far it is in the preliminary stages. That, and the story is not for children, if you catch my drift. Whether or not it will ever see the light of day is one thing. It might be for my own personal enjoyment. So, there is part one of things that are catching my fancy. If you are interested in another, check out my post on my Royal De Luxe typewriter, here. Signing off~Kate