|- L'histoire de l'Absinthe vue par la Maison Pernod en 1896 -|
|- Une recette d'Absinthe (Médicamenteuse) de Pologne de 1534 -|
- Une recette d'Absinthe Anglaise (Médicamenteuse) de 1705 -|
The oldest recipe for absinthe, a spirit not medicine would be that of d'Abraham-Louis Perrenoud from around 1794 or 1797.|
As you can see it is close to the recipes of the late 19th century, if the amount of wormwood is more important than that of green anise. As the handwriting is hardly readable, we may only speculate the recipe calls for the following ingredients: tall wormwood, , mint, melissa, anise, fennel, calamus, small wormwood, hyssop.
While the recipes of the 19th century are constant as regards anise content and compliant with Swiss recipes, the French based theirs on the 18th century medicament recipes thus resulting in ones with sugar and very poor in anise.
Here below we can see undoubtedly the oldest advertisement for absinthe. |
Moreover, absinthe here is advertised just like kirschenwasser, so definitely a spirit for consumption, not a medicine. Taking into account there must have already been a great demand for the product, it is no wonder the producer decided to advertise it.
Reading what the modern historians claim that the producer "Perrenod fils et Boiteux" became "Pernod" in 1805 is really annoying since the advertisement in question is dated 1808
Arrêt sur Image en 1816 :
1820 - L'Absinthe et Napoléon :
Is absinthe drunk in Café Lemblin in Paris where the soldiers had their rest ?|
Was absinthe the tipple of choice of the Great Army ?
And Napoleon, was he an absinthe drinker?
1824 - Problèmes sanitaires :
Some modern authors want us to believe that absinthe suffered from unjust prohibition of 1915 which was the result of conspiracy. |
Some blame the wine lobbies, some make unfounded associations with freemasonry or the anti-Dreyfuss movement. The text from 1824 which you can read below clearly gives a description of symptoms connected with absinthe consumption. During more than one century, absinthe has undergone many attacks which brought about its prohibition. It is surprising to see to how well absinthe fought back many of the medical accusations. Its toxicity has never been proven scientifically if noted several times in minor cases.
Absinthe is as immortal as the Phoenix
1828 - Petite Absinthe et Anis :
Recette Française 1831 :
1832 - Le Médicament Fléau :
Fake absinthe quickly follows as they are born the same time. The text below, of 1832, is an evidence for those who may doubt.|
"A poor man, who imitates everything the rich man does, fancies drinking wormwood water and that liquor, after brandy, is one that is the most popular amongst the people of Paris".
The cycle is repeated, whenever the rich devote themselves to a new drug, it becomes fashion, when the poor imitate it, it becomes plague.
At the beginning of the text, author assures us that absinthe was born in the early 19th century and was of Swiss origin.
Furthermore, it confirms the medicinal roots of absinthe.
When confronted with the text of 1828, it is now clear that it was the Swiss who transformed a medicine into an aperitif mainly due to the inclusion of green anise to make it louche once the water is added. Originally, it was the way of drinking spirit for medicinal purposes, after all.
Coup de butoir de 1845 :
Coup de butoir de 1861 :
Coup de butoir de 1871 :
A sudden impact comes in 1871 when we can observe a significant increase in the taxation of absinthe.|
Absinthe is taxed as if it were a pure alcohol! Maybe for absinthe at 65%, a brutal increase of 100-65=35% relates to alcohol, but it has a pernicious effect for the alcoholic strength-no matter if absinthe is bottled at 45% or 72%, the tax is the same, what makes it understandable there was no interest in lowering alcoholic strength.
However, the attack in on the herb itself, not on the spirit alone !
1883 - Edouard Pernod revendique encore l'utilisation du Génépi :
.... 1915, Interdiction totale ....
.... 2011, Le Phénix renaît ....
(Translated by "BOGGY" for your pleasure.)