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Absinthe

n. 
L.la fée verte
Gk.αψίνθιον
Absinthe is historically described as a distilled, highly alcoholic (45%-74% ABV) beverage It is an anise-flavored spirit derived from herbs, including the flowers and leaves of the herb Artemisia absinthium, commonly referred to as "grande wormwood". Absinthe traditionally has a natural green color but can also be colorless. It is commonly referred to in historical literature as "la fée verte" . Absinthe, the strong anise liquor that has inspired writers, painters, and, some say, murderers, is no longer legal in the United States. Although it's a distillation of a combination of countless roots, seeds, barks, leaves, and herbs, Artemisia absinthium, or wormwood, is widely considered to give the drink its reported narcotic and addicting qualities. Following the ban on wormwood (and using the word absinthe for any brew that doesn't contain wormwood), both commercial absinthe substitutes, such as Pernod, and a small group of home absinthe producers have appeared to fill the gap.
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