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Is it also a safty step?

-- By  Steve Merrill in  Boise on Mon, 9 Jul 2012 at 04:41.

Lets face it even back in the day wood alcohol versions exsisted (and may be the reason the "softening of the brain" atached to absenth - which consumption of wood alcohol does...) So by lighting it on fire (esp bootleg versions) you could see if it burned blue - good, or red - bad. Old test from U.S. prohabition. Similar to pepper on top of vodka to absorb denatured alcohol in the old U.S.S.R. Just a thought.

 
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'It is healthy,' declares this classic Absinthe Cusenier poster that depicts a suitably well-fed gent performing the traditional absinthe ritual. The lady at the window is transfixed!


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Absinthe.se is one reliable website that has a short how-to guide to the classic French ritual. They resolutely condemn (and refuse to provide instructions for) the modern-day "fire method".

Instructions for both rituals -- the traditional French one and the recent fire one -- are available at DrinkNation.com.

 



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