National Absinthe Day is celebrated on March 5 of every year. Absinthe is historically described as a distilled, highly alcoholic (45–74% ABV) beverage. The spirit is flavored with green anise, sweet fennel, and other medicinal and culinary herbs. Absinthe traditionally has a natural green color but may also be colorless. Absinthe glasses with a dose line, bulge, or bubble in the lower portion denoting how much absinthe should be poured. There are a few classic ways to drink absinthe; the traditional French preparation involves taking a measured amount of absinthe in a glass and pouring ice water on a sugar cube until it dissolves, which is placed on the absinthe spoon and the drink turns cloudy, known as Louching. The Bohemian Method involves dropping burning sugar which was pre-soaked in alcohol, and thus igniting absinthe. In 19th-century Parisian cafés, absinthe is offered with a suitable glass, sugar, absinthe spoon, and iced water, and the person is allowed to set their drink.

I sit at my door, smoking a cigarette and sipping my absinthe, and I enjoy every day without a care in the world.” – Paul Gauguin

History of National Absinthe Day

National Absinthe Day had celebrated annually since March 5th, 2007, when the ban on Absinthe was lifted. The day also marks the sale of the first batch of absinthe in the US. Absinthe was banned due to the surplus of studies showing that the psychoactive properties in absinthe which were mostly exaggerated; many made up to defame the drink and those who drank it. In 2007, Absinthe was declared no more harmful than any other spirit. But it does have a much higher ABV.  However, the history of absinthe began close to the 18th century when it was used as a tonic in Switzerland, and it gained popularity as an alcoholic drink in the late 19th- and early 20th century in France, fancied especially among writers and artists.

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How to celebrate National Absinthe Day

Celebrate the day by drinking absinthe in any traditional style or any of your favorite cocktails. If you haven’t tried absinthe, today is the best day to do it. You can also organize an absinthe party on this day. One can learn to make an absinthe drink on National Absinthe Day. Post pictures and share your National Absinthe Day celebrations on social media by using the hashtag #AbsintheDay.

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