La Fée Verte

Miracle cure-all; banned herbal; or just a pleasant drink?

After the first absinthe distillery opened in Couvet, Switzerland, absinthe was used as a “miracle cure-all” elixir. It was shortly thereafter associated with Bohemian culture, and became a favourite among artists from Vincent van Gogh to Oscar Wild. By the early 1900’s a sweeping social conservative movement banned this elixir, known to some as “The Green Faerie”, from Switzerland and France through to the United States. However in March of 2007, after 95 years, Lucid Absinthe Superieure became the first authentic absinthe made with real Grande Wormwood to be imported back to the U.S.

Lucid’s green colour occurs naturally as a result of its herbal ingredients, and is a key feature of genuine absinthe. Many cocktail preparations are suggested, but traditionally 1.25 to 1.5 oz are poured into a glass; a sugar cube is placed suspended above the glass; and then the desired amount of ice water is dripped through the sugar to unleash its herbal essences, and to perfume the room.

Here are some new concoctions to try and savour:

Licorice Vanilla Cupcake
2 1/2 oz. Vanilla Vodka ®
1/2 oz. LUCID®
1/2 oz. simple syrup
Crushed chocolate cookie on rim
Chinese Star Anise

In an iced filled shaker, add the vodka LUCID® and simple syrup. Shake thoroughly and strain into the chocolate crumbed rim martini glass. Garnish with star anise.

Skinny Mint (135 Calories)
Mint leaves
1 oz Flor de Caña 7 Year Rum
0.5 oz Lucid Absinthe 0.5 oz Mint water* 0.5 oz artificial sweetener** 0.5 oz lime juice Top with club soda Muddle mint in a Collins glass. Add Lucid, rum, mint water, artificial sweetener, and lime and shake with ice. Pour over ice into a tall rocks glass and top with club soda. Garnish with a lime wheel.

*Put mint in a jar with water and let sit for 3-4 days. Strain water.
**Combine 1 teaspoon (packet) of artificial sweetener with luke warm water. Stir until dissolved.

Skinny Garden (128 Calories)
1 oz Vodka
0.5 oz Lucid Absinthe
0.5 oz cucumber water*
Splash lemon juice
0.5 oz artificial sweetener **
2 muddled cherry tomatoes
Black pepper and sea salt rim

Muddle tomatoes in bottom of a shaker. Combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled coupe glass rimmed with black pepper and sea salt.
*Peel cucumber and leave soaking in water for 2-4 days. Strain particles out with a cheesecloth and retain the liquid.
**Combine 1 teaspoon (packet) of artificial sweetener with lukewarm water. Stir until dissolved.

This gluten-free and kosher beverage can also now be purchased through the LCBO.

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