Absinthe is that distilled, highly alcoholic anise-flavored stuff derived from the flowers and leaves of Artemisia absinthium wormwood along with green anise and sweet fennel. So it is sort of green and it used to be called la fée verte (the Green Fairy). Baudelaire, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Toulouse-Lautrec, Modigliani, Vincent van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, Alfred Jarry they all loved the stuff. But everyone decided it was a dangerously addictive psychoactive drug by 1915 it had been banned in the United States and in most European countries, including France. After all, Oscar Wilde drank a lot of it and described the feeling of having tulips on his legs after leaving a bar but he was a strange dude.
And it was all nonsense. It's legal now. All that's left is the reputation see the famous Degas 1876 painting L'Absinthe a sad woman, an absinthe addict, sitting there with her glass of green absinthe, numb and blank. And this, down on Melrose Avenue, is an in-your-face-Edgar-Degas thing. It's the precise opposite of the Degas painting. And it's pretty cool.