Absinthe: Artistic Rituals, Intestinal Parasites, and Psychoactive Madness!

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Absinthe: Artistic Rituals, Intestinal Parasites, and Psychoactive Madness!

  1. 1. October 24th 2012 Ignite Denver 12Joseph Labrecque
  2. 2. Botanical spirit containingGrande Wormwood,Aniseed, and Fennell.Prepared with ice water inritualistic fashion.
  3. 3. Ritualistic preparationDeep and interesting historyAll natural, medicinalOverall EXPERIENCE!!!
  4. 4. 1. Absinthe bulb2. Spoon and sugar3. Water pour4. Time for drinking
  5. 5. Tapered “cup” glass with stemA reservoir “bulb” or etchingAny glass can be used, really
  6. 6. Rests over the glass.Sugar placed upon spoonSlotted face allow sugarsto pass easily into the glassbelow.
  7. 7. Iced water is held in areservoir and trickled intothe Absinthe via smallspigot.A small carafe of water maybe used instead.
  8. 8. CloudySwirlingOpalescentMilkyThe louche is created bybotanic oils and theirinability to bind to water.
  9. 9. During the louche, fragrancesfrom the oils are released.Absinthe is said to “bloom”during this process.
  10. 10. Anise & Fennel (licorice)Wormwood (bitter)Others herbs help create abalance and complexity.
  11. 11. Warmth, clarity, lucidity –not a base drunkenness.Though it is highlyalcoholic!NOT hallucinations!
  12. 12. Medicinal properties.Grows well in Colorado.Contains a compoundknown as Thujone.
  13. 13. Hallucinations!!!!(not really)Traditional Absinthes containsurprisingly little Thujone dueto distillation.
  14. 14. Wards off MalariaPoisoning by HemlockBite of the sea DragonGeneral antisepticMenstrual stimulantAnti-inflammatoryStomach, Liver, GallbladderWeakens parasites and wormsGeneral medical elixir
  15. 15. Temperance movementWine lobbyistsUnsafe AbsinthesMurdersMisinformation
  16. 16. FDA = “Thujone-free”Pre-ban Absinthes actuallydo fall into this range.Modern, US Absinthemade the traditional way isreal Absinthe.
  17. 17. 1. The Trinity (W/A/F)2. Flavors (anise + wormwood)3. Unsweetened spirit4. Herbal coloring – no dyes5. Distilled in traditional way
  18. 18. 1. Advertised as “high-Thujone”2. No Grande Wormwood3. Untraditional flavoring4. Sweetened5. Artificial dyes
  19. 19. Denver distilleries:• Leopold Bros.• Overland DistilleryDenver bars:• À Côté Bar à Absinthe• Lala’s Wine Bar
  20. 20. Let’s louch…Twitter: @JosephLabrecqueEmail: Joseph.Labrecque@du.eduWeb: http://JosephLabrecque.com/

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