For 95 years the United States went without a real Absinthe due to a ban in 1912. After a 95 year prohibition, genuine absinthe has now been reintroduced to the States. Using centuries old techniques, Viridian Spritis’ creates Lucid – the first genuine absinthe made with real Grande Wormwood since the prohibition to be legally accepted in the United States. Lucid is distilled in the historical Combier Distillery in Saumur – located in France’s Loire Valley. It is created using original antique copper absinthe stills, many of which were designed by Gustav Eiffel in the 1800s.
The taste profile of Lucid is characterized by upfront flavors of anise and fennel. These flavors are followed by mild mid-palate earthy textures attributable to the absinthe. The herbs round out the flavor with additional spice and grassy notes, which linger in a moderately long finish.
The traditional method of absinthe consumption is called “louching”. In this method, cold water and a sugar cube are dissolved into the absinthe, turning it a cloudy white color. Lucid can also be consumed in a variety of classic and modern cocktails and shooters. It is 124 proof (62% alcohol/volume). Lucid is available in 750 ml and 375 ml bottles ($59.99 & $34.99 respectively.)
Given the amount of herbs found in Lucid Absinthe I thought mixing it with sweet tea would be a great start to Thirsty Thursday. But we couldn’t stop there – we had to take it to a whole new level. The sweet, fruitiness of raspberry nectar was just what we needed to bring this drink front and center. The flavors play off of each other giving us a sweet and savory drink that isn’t overly potent. In fact the flavors play so well together that the alcohol is almost unnoticeable. You know what that means – time to drink responsibly!
For even more great recipes using Lucid Absinthe be sure to check out the Lucid website.