When’s the last time you had a date with a magical green fairy? If it’s been too long, you’re in luck; March 5 is not only National Cheese Doodle Day and National Multiple Personalities Day, it’s National Absinthe Day, when aficionados of the verdant spirit will take to the bars and cafes, from late afternoon to the wee small hours of the morning, and get down like it’s the Belle Époque all over again.
In the first half of the 19th Century, Pernod Absinthe was the aperitif of choice for so many writers and artists in Paris that it was standard practice to celebrate the hour just before dusk by enjoying an Absinthe cocktail with friends. Picture the liquid glowing green through the glasses as afternoon waned and the light left the sky, and you see why the ritual became known as “The Green Hour.”
Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks. Great success shooting the knife underhand into the piano. The woodworms are so bad and eat hell out of all the furniture that you can always claim the woodworms did it.—Ernest Hemingway
Why March 5, outside of the cheese doodle connection? The stuff was too good; Absinthe was banned by military order in France in 1915, and in the United States in 1912. Happily, Pernod reintroduced its spirit to America in 2007 after it became legal again; March 5, 2013 was the day when Pernod got their final label approval for their new “original recipe” of Pernod Fils Absinthe.
Now, a century later, modern day tortured (and not so-tortured) artists can enjoy the anise-flavored stuff of legend that kept Henry Miller, Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Amedeo Modigliani, Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, Erik Satie and Alfred Jarry well-lubricated and in touch with their beloved green muse.
Did we mention Charles Baudelaire? Fleurs de Mal, sure, but you never heard him call the green fairy evil.
It’s tasty, powerful, magical, and fun—so go and get your Absinthe on.
Where to celebrate? Grab your favorite brooding artist and head out to Nighthawk Cinema for a Lost Highway Special Screening. Attending guests are invited to the downstairs bar after the film to celebrate National Absinthe Day featuring a special Pernod Absinthe cocktail.
Stay tuned for Flight of the Green Fairy Part 2: Rituals and Recipes, tomorrow. We’ll miss you until then, but absinthe makes the heart grow fonder. Ba dum dum!