The slightly sinister mystique surrounding absinthe (also known as the green fairy) has hit critical mass over the past year, with a number of products storming the United States amid a new legal open-mindedness about the drink. But only the ultrapremium Lucid purports to be “the first true, Grande Wormwood-based absinthe of its type since before Prohibition.”
Made at the Combier distillery in France’s Loire Valley, Lucid is a traditionally crafted (and naturally green) product that features no artificial additives, oils, or dyes. Compared to its competitors, Lucid boasts a surprisingly smooth and minty profile that perfectly complements the more rough-and-tumble fennel and anise flavors that drinkers of the beverage have come to expect. For those hoping to get into all the fussy elegance of absinthe-drinking, there’s no tastier way to make the plunge.
Lucid Absinthe Supérieure, $59.90 for a 750-milliliter bottle