Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Legal version of Absinthe coming to the U.S. in June

Absinthe drinkers have worked around the ban by ordering imported bottles off the Internet or smuggling them back from Eastern Europe. Now they have a third, less dodgy option: Lucid, which is being marketed as the first legal, genuine American absinthe in nearly a century. Lucid is the debut product from Viridian Spirits of Manhasset, N.Y., founded in early 2006.
Lucid will be available starting next month, priced at $59.95 for a 750-milliliter bottle. A Web site,, will soon post information on liquor stores that will carry the product.

I sampled the 124-proof liqueur last week, while watching the National Basketball Association playoffs. When diluted with water and a pinch of sugar, the absinthe’s taste is strong and pleasant. And the buzz has an odd way of focusing the mind — I’ve rarely been so entranced by the swish of a basketball net. (New York Times)



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