It’s widely documented that some of the greatest artistic minds in history were fans of absinthe; Ernest Hemingway, Oscar Wilde and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec all danced with the Green Fairy. But you don’t have to be a brooding novelist or a post-impressionist painter to enjoy the spirit, which was legalized in the United States in 2007.
Once rumored to produce hallucinations (hence the previous ban), the anise-flavored liquor will be celebrated at cocktail bars across America Thursday for National Absinthe Day. Here are a handful of places to seek guidance from the emerald-hued muse:
Downtown Cocktail Room The Downtown drinkery serves 2-ounce pours of the spirit three ways, including the traditional method of dripping ice-cold water onto a sugar cube on a slotted spoon over a glass of absinthe. 111 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Herbs & Rye Cocktails aside, the off-Strip bar serves its pours scorched, where the sugar cube is saturated in absinthe and lit on fire prior to adding water. 3713 W. Sahara Ave.
Sage Looking for variety? Shawn McClain’s acclaimed New American eatery boasts 17 varieties of the spirit, from La Clandestine Supérieure to Lucid. Just don’t try all of them in one sitting. Aria.