Are you a FlashNews media client? Log in to access full phoner and contact info.

Search FlashNews for other offbeat items...  

FlashNews is offbeat pop culture! FlashNews provides daily exclusive offbeat pop culture news items for use by radio/TV producers, on-air talent and print/website editors. FlashNews clients receive data which include direct contact numbers to arrange on-air or in-depth interviews. The content on this page does not include contact information and is for private personal viewing only. Non-subscribing media professionals are invited to request a FlashNews trial.

Absinthe: A Magical Buzz

Friday, January 29, 2010 17:11 GMT

SAN FRANCISCO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Absinthe may be considered the villain of liquors, but don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it.

Paul Nathan, co-author of The Little Green Book Of Absinthe (Perigee), out Tuesday (Feb. 2), says the previously illegal liquor isn’t as evil as people think it is.

Though many blame absinthe for a string of strange murders or Vincent Van Gogh cutting off his own ear, Nathan says the booze is totally safe.

He’s been drinking it for years and says it gives him a very “clearheaded, sparkly, invigorating” buzz.

Nathan has had great “creative conversations” with friends on absinthe but because the green stuff is strong, he recommends drinking it slowly with ice and water as mixers.

The amount of water and time between sips makes the actual flavor of the absinthe change because its oils are being released.

Nathan says that in 30 minutes, a glass could change flavors several times, “from intense to bitter.”