Belle Époque

La Belle Époque, or the Belle Epoque, was a period in French history that is synonymous with peace, prosperity, economic growth and optimism. Occurring during the era of the French Third Republic (which began in 1870), it was a period...

Stories and Myths About Absinthe

The significant flower in absinthe is the flower of artemis absinthium, – wormwood. Named for Artemis, the Greek goddess of chastity and childbirth.  The plant was used to promote menstruation and the name may result from...

Ernest Hemingway Loved Absinthe

About Ernest Ernest Hemingway, in full Ernest Miller Hemingway, (born July 21, 1899, Cicero [now in Oak Park], Illinois, U.S.—died July 2, 1961, Ketchum, Idaho), American novelist and short-story writer, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. He...

Absinthe and World War I

Absinthe was banned in France in 1915, and by that time it had been blamed for a lot—including the deterioration of the quality of France and its people as a whole. By the turn of...

Absinthism VS Alcoholism

Absinthism: The disorder associated with the habitual abuse of absinthe. The symptoms included hallucinations, sleeplessness, tremors, blindness, mental deterioration and convulsions. There has been debate over whether absinthism was due to absinthe or the alcohol contained therein....

Why Was Absinthe Banned For 100 Years?

Absinthe Origins Absinthe originated in the canton of Neuchâtel in Switzerland in the late 18th century. It became popular as an alcoholic drink in late 19th- and early 20th-century France, particularly among Parisian artists and writers....