Lots of folks have inquired about my possible “hallucinogenic” experience with the drink Absinthe. Maybe I had one too many beers at Top of The Hops and the combination did me in…I can’t be sure. So I’m sitting at the bar at Millers and the bartender brings out this alien like contraption that almost reached the ceiling. I instantly recognized the apparatus from a TV documentary on Absinthe.
In the 18th Century, Absinthe was rumored to have strange effects on the mind and was later banned in most of Europe. In the US, the ban was lifted 2007 because” it had not been demonstrated to be any more dangerous than ordinary spirits.” So after careful consideration and curiosity, I decided to join the ranks of such icons as Vincent van Gough who reportedly enjoyed Absinthe (no wonder why cut his ear off). I didn’t think much of it at first and thought this was probably one of those urban legends…that is until tried to get up and walk. All I can say is “In-A- Gadda- Da-Vida.” Here’s a few tips; don’t drink anything alcoholic before you drink Absinthe, eat something and bring a friend to prepare for the worst.
Wikipedia Absinthe. I think you’ll enjoy the history lesson.