La Fe’e Verte ~ The Green Fairy

Absinthe is an overproof liquor, meaning it is a spirit whose ABV (alcohol by volume) is over 50%. It is made from medicinal and culinary herbs, plants, and flowers steeped in high-proof spirits. “The elixir was invented in Switzerland as a general cure-all by Pierre Ordinaire, a French physician, in 1792,” writes Paul Harrington and Laura Moorhead in their book Cocktail: The Drinks Bible for the 21st Century.

 Its signature bitter anise flavor comes from a mix of herbs including fennel and most notably, wormwood, a bitter herb notorious for both its health benefits and supposed hallucinogenic properties. Wormwood, or Artemisia absinthium, contains a chemical called thujone, which when consumed in large quantities can act as a convulsant. In small quantities, like in a few servings of absinthe, thujone is totally harmless. Traditionally, absinthe is not bottled with added sugar, making it a high-proof spirit instead of a sweetened liqueur, which gives absinthe its sharp, harsh flavor.

2017 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti

The wine of Prince de Conti, Romanee-Conti Grand Cru is velvety, seductive and mysterious. The most Proustian of all great wines: concealed in the secret aromas of fading rose petals, much like Romanee-Conti 1956.

Considered the pinnacle of Burgundy, Domaine de la Romanee-Conti produces some of the world’s most revered wines from its tiny vineyards in Vosne-Romanee. Two of the Domaine’s seven Grand Cru vineyards – La Romanée-Conti and La Tache – are monopoles (appellations entirely owned by the Domaine) and unarguably the greatest vineyards in Burgundy. Richebourg, Romanee-St.-Vivant, Grands-Echezeaux, Echezeaux, and Montrachet (in Chassagne) are also Grand Cru vineyards, yielding sublime wines that are among the most highly-sought, seductive and rarest in the world.