Absinthe for Two Pernod Bottle and Glasses
12 inches by 9 inches Watercolor & Ink on Watercolor Paper
I remember my aunt's family, liked Pernod. Whenever we visited, there was lots of food and people and the grown-ups drank Pernod. Of course we kids didn't, but I remember it smelled like licorice. It's an alcoholic beverage, that has deep roots in France. It has a lime green color and as soon as the water is added, it turns milky greenish white.
Many famous paintings have people in them, that are drinking Absinthe.
One that comes to mind is "The Absinthe Drinker" by Édouard Manet, painted c.1859 also Edgar Degas as well as Pablo Picasso painted people drinking Absinthe.
The drink was considered controversial because of the plant Wormwood used to make it, the particular wormwood contained a substance called "thujone", which is also found in tarragon and sage. it was considered toxic in large amounts.
The beverage Absinthe has until recently been regulated and I do think it was outright illegal in the US. Today it is made without these substances and available to consumers.
However it is important to note that it was the excess consumption of Absinthe that was the danger. Imagine sage and terragon that we use in cooking a lot, at least I do, being banned. You would really have to consume a lot on a regular basis, to get any bad effect from it. As in everything moderation, moderation.
Absinthe is poured into a glass in small amounts, mixed with cold water and there are wonderful spoons, you lay over the glass, then a sugar cube, which is set on fire and allowed to drip info the absinthe.
If you like to read more about "Why was Absinthe banned for over 100 years?" CLICK HERE
I hope you enjoy my painting.
I have another painting with the Absinthe theme hereon my website see it
This painting is sold without frame or mat. The image with mat and frame is an example of what I see it can look like.