How difficult is it to find Absinthe in the US? (And other questions...)?!

Question: How difficult is it to find Absinthe in the US!? (And other questions!.!.!.)!?
I was just reading about it and it sounds like an interesting drink!. I live in California if it matters!. also, how much does it usually cost!? (And how much would you get for that price!?) I would just rather know before I go out searching for some!.

And I was reading about how your supposed to prepare it and such!. Does this make a huge difference in the experience, and if so where would I get that spoon you're supposed to use and what not!? Basically, any information you could give me on Absinthe would be appreciated!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

Depending on where you live, Beverages and More (BevMo) carries absinthe!. You'll typically find Lucid (French) Kubler (Swiss) and St!. George (US) at BevMo!. You may also find Le Tourment Verte (French!.!.!.not very good) and Leopold Bros!. Verte (US!.!.!.REALLY good) on the shelves, depending on the store!.

Real absinthe is becoming more and more common, and thus easier to find!.

Typical (though it can vary) prices are ~$65 for Lucid, $50-ish for Kubler, $75 for Tourment Verte, $80+ for St!. George Verte, and so on!. No, it's not cheap, but that's also because it's made in incredibly small batches and it is an expensive process to do well!.

The spoon isn't necessary to enjoy absinthe, but if you like it with sugar, it's handy!. Half of the whole absinthe experience is the process of serving it!. It's not something to shoot or chug!. If you're in a hurry to get blitzed, shoot 151 or something!.!.!.don't waste your time or money on absinthe!. Diluting with water is essential, both to open up the flavors and complexity, *and* to simply dilute it to a sane drinking strength!. The dilution is done by slowly (slow is important) dripping water into the absinthe and letting it get cloudy, or "louche!." A good, lightly milky, opalescent louche is a sign of a good absinthe!. Sugar is optional (I personally prefer without or "sans sucre" but that's just me)!. The spoon is for putting a sugar cube on and drizzling the cold water through it, slowly dissolving the sugar as you're diluting your absinthe!. You can use a fork in a pinch!. Even the spoon is optional!. You can simply drop a teaspoon of sugar in there, too, but it's not as much fun!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

Several Brands are now available in the states!. In South Carolina, there are at least 3 that I can name off the top of my head!.
Lucid, Mythe, and Pernod!.
There are others out there, and more on the way!. Any reputable store should carry one brand!.

If you are near San Fran, there is a company that makes Absinthe there, although the name escapes me at the moment!.

The spoon is one with hole's in it, and you are suppossed to place a sugar cube over the spoon, and pour water over the cube and into the glass of absinthe below!.

I would stay away from the brand "Absente" as it is not the real stuff, only the knockoff!.

On a side note, Absinthe is above 120 proof, so be prepared!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

well its now LEGAL in the usa!. however, good absinthe is going to ceom from czeck and its gonna cost about $100 a bottle!. Google "green fairy absinthe"Www@FoodAQ@Com

Its not only legal but we make our own here in the US!. Just bookmarked this one the other day!. Very interesting stuff from St George Spirits in San Fran!. Www@FoodAQ@Com

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