Originally Posted by ragtiki2005
Is it as bad as grain alcohol?
No it's quite a bit different. Grain Alcohol or Everclear is strong 151 proof (75%) or 190 (95%) Alcohol. Absinthe is 45%-75% alcohol. It is an anise-flavored spirit derived from herbs. The distinctive herb in absinthe is grand wormwood (Artemesia absinthium),and the chemical name for the principle active ingredient in wormwood is thujone. The Thujone in the wormwood is thought to cause you to have a psychoactive experience, have heighten senses, and/or a mind bending experience.
However, since Absinthe has only low doses of Thujone there is some question about these effects. I have not had any of the above experiences with Absinthe it is a strong drink that makes you feel very relaxed and it is pricey per bottle (about $60).
Here is a good picture the glass in the back has been prepared with the ice cold water over the sugar cube see the milky color. The glass in the front is the color before the water. The spoon beside the glass is an Absinthe spoon. Wow I really sound like a drunk, we have a well stocked bar over here.