Royale café, London, Oscar Wilde's favourite absinthe tasting place

"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 Wilde

As Oscar Wilde many 19's centuries authors, essayists and paintors have abused of the green liqueur: absinthe. They, even named it the "green fairy". It was known to make its afficionados develop madness, suicidale thoughts and muscle disorders. It was caused by the the high levels of the thujone aromatic compound that were present in the early absinthe drinks. This lead to a ban of this liqueur by the French autorithies in 1910. Nowadays, as the E.U have authorised again (1994) the production of absinthe as soon as the thujone compounds level does not exceed 10mg/litres, the green fairy connoisseur can again enjoy their favourite drink. There a site that I found where such liqueurs can be purchased: Buy absinthe or access to buy Absinthe .

Like all alcoholic drinks it must be consumed with moderation.