Absinthe, the mystical liqueur of the Belle Époque, has certainly been in the news lately. Several recent articles in the New York Times and a memorable feature in the New Yorker two years ago have been following the international trend bringing absinthe back to legal status after a century of being widely banned. I will blog more about this soon, including about how I acquired my own precious bottle.
In the meantime, let me share with you a wonderful gift friends brought back from Germany for me: absinthe chocolates! Who knew the Germans had this technology? Does the CIA know about this?
These bite-size bonbons contain a creamy green center with a wonderful boozy taste and that unmistakable anise flavor. The box has a beautiful illustration in the style of Toulouse-Lautrec with the words "Die Grüne Stunde," meaning the "The Green Hour." For some reason "Absinth 66%" also appears on the box, which is a bit confusing because absinthe is listed in the ingredients at 6%. Either way, it hits the spot (that absinthe candy spot I never knew needed to be hit).