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The Green Fairy Returns To America

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A traditional absinthe drip with slotted spoon and sugar cube. (Photo by Julie Zeveloff)

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A traditional absinthe drip with slotted spoon and sugar cube. (Photo by Julie Zeveloff)

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The Kubler absinthe distillery in Val de Travers, Switzerland. (Photo courtesy of Peter Karl)

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A billboard welcomes visitors to Val de Travers, Switzerland, the birthplace of absinthe. (Photo courtesy of Peter Karl)

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A traditional absinthe fountain can serve large parties. (Photo courtesy of Peter Karl)

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Nearly a century after it was banned in America, Absinthe, the storied green liquor that has been falsely blamed for everything from inciting hallucinations of green fairies to driving Vincent van Gogh to suicide, is hoping to make a triumphant return. Will bartenders revive the old-world spirit’s popularity, or is it just another passing fad?


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