While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
Fancy a visit from the green fairy? - March 5 is National Absinthe Day!
St. Patrick's Day is still more than a week away, but it's the perfect day to get your green drink on! Throw on your flapper dress or fedora in celebration of this vampy beverage.
This naturally green and highly alcoholic drink has a distinct flavor that combines green anise, wormwood, sweet fennel, culinary herbs and at times, a whole lot of sugar.
A chemical compound, thujone, could be traced in scant amounts to absinthe, and was immediately blamed as an addictive psychoactive drug with harmful effects. It was banned in the U.S. and Europe in 1915, but that didn't stop people from quaffing "la fée verte," or its nickname, "the green fairy."
But it turns out that the harmful effects were greatly exaggerated, and absinthe received a welcoming revival in the 1990s after the bans were removed. Now, nearly 200 brands are produced here and across Europe.
Join the ranks of Ernest Hemingway, Oscar Wilde and Vincent van Gogh by raising a glass to this controversially sweet beverage - just don't let it go to your head.
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