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About Absente

Delightful, daring, divine.

Absente, the first legal Absinthe recipe in the US market since 1912, is still hand crafted in the south of France using only the highest quality artisanal distillation methods and ingredients, including anise, star anise, balm, peppermint and a full measure of the legendary and notorious botanical Wormwood, also known as artemesia absinthium.

We know what you’re thinking. Absinthe has been banned in the United States since 1912 because people were hallucinating and having way too much fun, how did you bring Absinthe back?

The U.S. Government lifted the Ban on Wormwood, so Absente, Absinthe Refined, can now be simply described as a modern version of one of the original Absinthe recipes from the South of France. It’s still the same aromatic, dazzling emerald green liqueur made from a combination of exotic botanicals. Learn more about our history here.

Absente is technically labeled a Vert (green in French) absinthe and derives its unique color and flavor from botanicals. A method practiced and mastered by the French was to add regional herbs like sweet balm to the distilled liquor to introduce additional flavors, aromas as well as a green color to the finished liquid. In order to truly replicate this traditional Artisanal method, we incorporate this legendary technique when producing Absente.

Absente can be enjoyed in many ways: mixed with water, or the classic mixture of sugar and water using a slotted spoon.
We have some other great recipes for Absente, Absinthe Refined, so you can recreate the widespread 19th century custom called l’heure verte (the green hour).

In the tradition of Absinthe

During the heady days of late 19th century Paris, Absinthe was the trademark drink of famous artists, writers and poets like Picasso, Baudelaire, Hemingway, Degas, Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec and Oscar Wilde. They all heavily indulged in Absinthe. Maybe it was the mystical allure of “The Green Fairy.” Perhaps it was the inspiration for all their great creative work. Whatever the reason, Absinthe truly grew to become the symbol of the free and easy spirit of the massive bohemian counterculture. Experience Absente, Absinthe Refined and recall the glitz and glamour of la belle époque, Paris.

It was said…

  • Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks. Great success shooting the knife into the piano. The woodworms are so bad and eat hell out of all furniture that you can always claim the woodworms did it.

    Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway
    American Author & Journalist (1899 – 1961)

  • Absinthe has a wonderful color, green. A glass of absinthe is as poetical as anything in the world. What difference is there between a glass of absinthe and a sunset?

    Oscar WildeOscar Wilde
    Writer & Poet (1854 – 1900)

  • For me, my glory is but a humble ephemeral absinthe.

    Paul VerlainePaul Verlaine
    French Poet (1844 – 1896)

  • The first month of marriage is the honeymoon, the second is the absinthe-moon.

    Writer, Historian & Philosopher (1694 – 1778)

Our additional lines of Premium Absinthes

Grande Absente

Grande Absente

Absinthe Originale

Grande Absente recalls one of the oldest, traditional “Vert” absinthe  recipes from 1860, with a very traditional 138 proof point.
Absente La Créme

Absente La Créme

Rich & Captivating

The perfect union of absinthe and cream, Absente La Crème is one of a kind, a true original in the alluring world of absinthe.
Absinthe Ordinaire

Absinthe Ordinaire

Enjoy the extraordinary

Named after the creator of the first absinthe recipe, Dr. Pierre Ordinaire, this legendary drink recalls an absinthe recipe from its heyday in Paris.
Absinthe Supreme

M.P. Roux’s

Supreme Absinthe

Supreme Absinthe is exclusively produced in small batches, and each bottle is individually numbered for the true absinthe connoisseur.

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