The Exquisite Elixir


144 Pages, 8.5 x 9

Formats: Paperback

Paperback, $29.95 (US $29.95) (CA $35.95)

Publication Date: May 2017

ISBN 9781682750018

Price: $29.95
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Take an intimate look into the contemporary world of absinthe. International in scope, Absinthe: The Exquisite Elixir is a visually rich journey into an alluring subculture. Filled with color reproductions of classic and current lithographs, posters, cartoons, as well as photos of antiques, glassware, and other tools of the absinthe drinker, this new and comprehensive guide explains and illustrates the history, culture, and mystique of the drink known as the Green Fairy. The authors provide insights into the controversy and effects of the Green Fairy through the stories of famous connoisseurs, including Vincent van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway, and Pablo Picasso. In addition to a rich history, this detailed new guide includes recipes, reviews of existing Absinthe brands, and absinthe's contemporary culture and ritual. Confirmed absinthe drinkers, neophytes, the curious, and collectors will all find this book equally intriguing and seductive.

Author Biography

Betina J. Wittels, Ms. Ed. is an absinthe expert and one of the first to formally introduce the absinthe lore and absinthe antiques to the United States over twenty years ago. Creator of the website: allthingsabsinthe.com, she is willing to turn over any boulder or slip into any barrio to uncover a rare spoon or a bottle of vintage absinthe. She has maintained a private practice in adolescent, marital, and family therapy for four decades. She lives in Tucson, AZ with her black cat and a white wolf dog. T.A. Breaux is a chemist and one of the leading experts on absinthe's chemical makeup. He is the founder of the Societe International d'Absinthe, a rapidly growing worldwide organization that caters to absinthe connoisseurs.