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The Horny Fairy (A cocktail for the Absinthe-minded)

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Horny Fairy (An Absinthe Cocktail)

The Horny Fairy is a cocktail of gin, absinthe, club soda, and a twist of lime.  Try this fun and memorable XXX Cocktail.

Fairies, and nymphs- were they horny?  Apparently, some people thought so- hence the name “nymphomaniacs”!  Often referred to as the “Green Fairy “,  traditional absinthe is a distilled, green, anise-flavored spirit.  While considered forbidden, dangerous, and hallucinogenic over decades,  no other alcohol enjoys such a storied past.

 

Absinthe Origin Story

All the way back to the Bible

The origins of absinthe date back to biblical times.  Ancient doctors prescribed Wormwood, a dark green oil derived from the plant Artemisia absinthium.  It was often used as a digestive aid.

In addition, Wormwood appears in the book of Revelations.  Mentioned in Egyptian papyrus around 1550 BC,  Hippocrates hand-made his own wormwood-infused wine.

The originators

The originator of the modern-day elixir remains controversial. Whether it was Dr. Ordinaire, or the Henriod sisters in the late 1700s, the village of Couvet, Switzerland is definitely Absinthe’s spiritual home.

By 1798, Absinthe became commercially distilled, and the popularity of this spirit caught on. By the mid-1850s, distillers produced Absinthe at a rate of 30,000 liters per day.

Absinthe was given to soldiers

During the Franco-Algerian war, soldiers were given Absinthe as an anti-malaria treatment, disinfectant, and digestive.  Not surprisingly. French soldiers developed a fondness for it, and distilleries sprung up all over France.

Did Absinthe influence artistic masterpieces?

Known as a stimulant, some thought of Absinthe as an aphrodisiac, giving elation, and stimulating artistic creativity. Artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, and Édouard Manet enjoyed this bitter spirit.

In fact, Parisian café patrons loved Absinthe so much, that the early evening became known as the ‘Green Hour’.

During this period, infestation decimated French vineyards and devasted wine production.  With low supply, wine prices skyrocketed making Absinthe the beverage of choice.

Effective Anti-Absinthe Campaigns

As wine production recovered, vintners fought to regain their market share. They amassed a coalition of temperance and anti-Absinthe activists.  Additionally these activists constructed massive propaganda campaigns linking Absinthe to violence, madness, and death. They propagated stories that this spirit was more addictive than other spirits- with hallucinogenic effects.

Wine and beer were represented as healthy, while Absinthe drew demons.  The campaign spread so effectively that Absinthe was banned in many countries, including the US in 1908. Despite research dispelling myths, Absinthe remained banned in the states for almost 100 years.

 

Is Absinthe legal?

The United States legalized and started the production of Absinthe in 2007.  You can Buy it in most liquor stores.

Should I be worried about Hallucinogenic Effects from Absinthe?

Note:  In the traditional Parisian Café, ice-cold water was dripped over a sugar cube, and into a small amount of Absinthe- giving the cocktail an alcoholic content close to wine.  You can imagine that if Absinthe was abused, with 260-350ppm thujone, hallucinogenic effects could have been possible.

In contrast, today’s Absinthe liquor only has 10ppm thujone by comparison, but the alcohol content is high- almost twice that of whiskey.  Enjoy our Absinthe Drink, but look out for the Horny Fairy!

Are there Classic Absinthe Cocktails? 

If you like the flavor of anise- Absinthe could be the cocktail base you’re looking for.  There are so many ways to drink Absinthe.  Here are a few other Absinthe Cocktails you need to try:

-The Sazerac – It’s a great, nostalgic, Absinthe Cocktail, and combines Cognac, Rye whiskey, Sugar and bitters

-The Absinthe Drip is one of the most historical Absinthe drinks, and features particular cup and spoons designed for water dripping on sugar cubes, and flowing into the Absinthe glass

-Death in the Afternoon features Absinthe and Champagne or Sparkling wine

-Corpse Reviver and Corpse Reviver no 2 is a different take on a Gin Sour

-My Fairy Godmother is a tropical cocktail with elderflower liqueur , pineapple, lemon juice and lime juice

 

Interesting Absinthe Resources:

The Woodworm Society: https://wormwoodsociety.org/

NextLuxury: https://nextluxury.com/food-travel/best-absinthe-brands-to-try/

 

Horny Fairy Tip:

You may want to increase, or decrease the amount of club soda to make the drink stronger or more subtle to your preference

 

Perfect Pairing:

You Sexy Devil of course!– The most amazing egg appetizer:  http://cusskitchen.com/you-sexy-devil

Fire Nuts  http://cusskitchen.com/fire-nuts

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Horny Fairy

Aromatic Absinthe Cocktail
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Absinthe, Anise, Gin cocktail, Green fairy, Horny fairy
Author: Drunken Sailor

Materials

  • 2 Jiggers Gin (6 oz) Best with Dry Gin like Bombay or Drumshanbo (1 Jigger = 1½ oz)
  • ¼ jigger Absinthe (.375 oz)
  • 2 jiggers Soda (6 oz)
  • Lime peel twist for aroma
  • 1 cup Ice

Instructions

  • Add Gin, Absinthe, and ice to a cocktail shaker
  • Shake
  • Pour into a glass
  • Add club soda
  • Twist a lime peel, and add to the cocktail as a garnish

Horny Fairy Tip:

You may want to increase, or decrease the amount of club soda to make the drink stronger or more subtle to your preference

Perfect Pairing:

You Sexy Devil of course!– The most amazing egg appetizer:  http://cusskitchen.com/you-sexy-devil

Fire Nuts  http://cusskitchen.com/fire-nuts


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