Our Vampire Absinthe History

Step into the mysterious and enchanting world of Vampire Spirits RTD Absinthe, where the timeless elixir of absinthe finds its modern expression. The origins of this mesmerizing libation trace back to the 18th century, a period steeped in intrigue and innovation.

Being immortal, we vampires have seen many great achievements during our time on Earth. While it may be difficult to rank most other human innovations we’ve seen over the centuries, there is no doubt that the most exciting elixir to ever be created is absinthe. This splendid and sumptuous form of alcohol shares a colorful and complex history that still conjures up fantastical visions whenever its name is spoken.

This legendary creation first appeared in 1792 when a French doctor by the name of Dr. Pierre Ordinaire combined several potent ingredients to create a medicinal elixir. This green spirit quickly shifted from medical use to pleasurable purposes, becoming the beverage of choice for visionary bohemian artists and writers living in France during the middle of the 19th century. This era ushered in the “l’heure verte”, French for “the green hour” when the fresh, invigorating, and mysterious scent of Absinthe would fill the air as it was served at bistros, cafes, and bars. The reign of the Green Fairy was short as it quickly became demonized for its alleged link to criminal behavior once the temperance movement came into power during the early 1900s.

Absinthe has always held onto its mystique even as the world has become more and more connected. Many wonder, is it its high alcohol content and exotic flavor that fuels the otherworldly effects its fans experience, or is it due to its blend of powerful botanicals?

The one key ingredient that often gets mentioned when discussing Absinthe is wormwood. While the use of wormwood dates back to the ancient Egyptians and Greeks for its use for various ailments, wormwood became a controversial herb during the 1900s for its supposed hallucinogenic effects. While wormwood itself is not psychoactive, it does contain trace amounts of a compound known as thujone that may induce psychotropic effects when present in extreme quantities. So, it’s not likely that you’ll experience madness from any absinthe cocktail anytime soon.

Our Vampire Spirits Absinthe Liqueur does include this devilish herb at safe and legally approved levels in its complex and intricate herbal blend so you can experience Absinthe authentically. With our Vampire Spirits ready-to-drink canned Absinthe cocktails and Vampire Spirits Absinthe Liqueur, you can now sip this mesmerizing elixir for a Taste of Immortality!

Legend has it that absinthe’s tale begins with Dr. Pierre Ordinaire, a visionary French doctor residing in Couvet, Switzerland, around 1792. Dr. Ordinaire’s ingenious creation, an all-purpose patent remedy, laid the foundation for what would become the elixir of the daring—the iconic absinthe. Passing down his recipe to the Henriod sisters of Couvet, the elixir evolved into a medicinal marvel that captured the imagination.

In a moment of destiny, Major Dubied entered the scene, acquiring the coveted formula from the Henriod sisters. In 1797, alongside his son Marcellin and son-in-law Henry-Louis Pernod, Major Dubied unveiled the first absinthe distillery, Dubied Père et Fils, in Couvet. The elixir’s allure continued to weave its spell, prompting the establishment of a second distillery in Pontarlier, France, in 1805, under the banner of Maison Pernod Fils.

As absinthe flourished, so did its popularity. The elixir became a trusted companion to French troops in the 1840s, administered as a malaria preventive. Returning soldiers brought home not only memories but also a taste for the green enchantment, sparking a cultural phenomenon. The 1860s heralded the era of “l’heure verte” or “the green hour,” as absinthe found its place in the heart of bars, bistros, cafés, and cabarets.

The 1880s witnessed a transformative shift as mass production made absinthe accessible to all social classes. From the opulent bourgeoisie to struggling artists and hardworking individuals, absinthe became a symbol of unity and a canvas for creative expression. A unique twist of fate unfolded as a grapevine epidemic in the 1880-90s led to a substantial decline in traditional beverages. Absinthe, with its robust character and allure, emerged as the number one libation in France.

Fast forward to the present day, and the legacy of absinthe lives on in Vampire Absinthe, a masterful blend of anise, fennel, and botanicals. Each sip orchestrates a symphony of flavors, capturing the hearts of the daring who seek the Taste of Immortality. Embrace the mystique, embrace the history—Vampire Absinthe invites you to sip into eternity.     Author: Rachel O’Donnell