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.

Thirsty Thursday - Lucid RaspFairy Tonic
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!

Thirsty Thursday – Lucid RaspFairy Tonic
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  • 1 oz Lucid Absinthe
  • 1.5 oz raspberry nectar
  • 1 oz Triple Sec
  • 3 oz extra sweet tea


Shake ingredients with ice and pour into a pint glass. Garnish with raspberries and serve.

For even more great recipes using Lucid Absinthe be sure to check out the Lucid website.