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French Can Now Call Absinthe... Absinthe

Decree officially lifts ban on its name

(Newser) - The first rule about French absinthe is that you can't call it absinthe—or at least producers of it couldn't until last week, when a ban on its name was lifted. The liquorice-tasting tipple was first banned by French authorities a century ago because of its alleged hallucinogenic... More »

5 Booze Trends for the 2010s

Expect your cocktails to be herbal, matched with food, and cold

(Newser) - Absinthe and other speakeasy libations are so last decade. Now that craft cocktails are mainstream, what will the next 10 years bring to the hottest watering holes? Derek Brown of the Atlantic looks into his crystal ball:
  • Food pairings: They're not just for sommeliers anymore. "Expect to see cocktails
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8 Funky Boozing Trends

Esquire lists the hottest trends you'll be seeing at a bar near you

(Newser) - If you’re going to consume conspicuously, you may as well imbibe in style. Esquire distills eight drinking trends coming to a bar near you:
  • The Enomatic, a high-end wine vending machine. This auto-sommelier pours a perfect glass every time, leading some bars to cut out the middleman (in this
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The 5 Tastiest Absinthes

It's not the stuff of legend, but it makes a fine cocktail

(Newser) - Absinthe is back on sale in the US after being outlawed since 1912 because of a compound believed to cause hallucinations, but two brands were approved for sale last year. So Esquire rounded up the five best bottles of absinthe.
  1. Vieux Pontarlier ($65): Absinthe at its finest.
  1. Versinthe ($55): This
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Hard to Swallow: 8 Taboo Delicacies

Death-defying gourmet dishes can be tough to find

(Newser) - The return of foie gras to Chicago's menus inspires Newsweek to list dishes still considered too dicey to serve:
  1. Maggot cheese: Injected with larvae that pose health risks
  2. Puffer fish: Incorrectly prepared fugu can be fatal
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Absinthe's Secret Revealed

Mind-altering effect is really just the booze talking

(Newser) - Absinthe's "Green Fairy,” which spurred the likes of van Gogh and Picasso to creative heights, may have been more of a drunken sprite than psychedelic pixie. A study of century-old bottles of the green liqueur revealed that its potency most likely stems from its 70% alcohol content—making... More »

Absinthe's Back but Thrill's Gone

Hallucinogenic ingredient has all but disappeared

(Newser) - The "Green Fairy" may have led Van Gogh to cut off his ear, but don't expect newly legal absinthe to cause anyone to do the same, reports Time magazine. New federal regulations allow the anise-flavor liquor only a trace of thujone, the chemical from wormwood that supposedly causes hallucinations.... More »

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