While Pernod’s absinthe is not hallucinogenic, it’s not for the faint of heart: It’s 136-proof.
The brand calls itself the “original absinthe,” since its founder Henri-Louis Pernod helped create the first commercial absinthe distillery in 1798.
In late 2013, Pernod Absinthe returned to its original formula. The spirit is now made using the same ingredients as in the early 1800s.
Absinthe was banned in the United States in 1912. Pernod reintroduced its spirit to America in 2007 after it became legal again.
Pernod Absinthe was created in 1805, in France’s first absinthe distillery. After years of being banned, its recipe was re-launched in 2013 based on the original formula. It includes anise, grand wormwood, petit wormwood, hyssop, and melissa, which provides anise, musk and herbaceous tasting notes. Pernod Absinthe contains no artificial dyes or sugar with the ideal serve being the traditional ritual of ice water cascading over a sugar cube. It is also the perfect ingredient to elevate a cocktail for any occasion. Pernod Absinthe won the Gold Medal in the 2014 International Review of Spirits Award and Best in Category in the 2015 Lost Angeles International Spirits Competition.