The Green Fairy

For Oscar Wilde, a glass of absinthe was as poetic as a sunset. But if you don’t want to risk your senses, we’ve included some absinthiana that will spare you the dark side of the green fairy.

• Manet’s Absinthe Drinker was the original hipster. He wore the black clothing of a bourgeois civil servant, but he was a travesty of the type. The torn, ill-fitting clothing, empty bottles, and shady neighborhood suggest that drinking got the best of him. But rather that depict him as a loser, Manet elevates him to the status of a bohemian hero of the Parisian underworld. The painting itself is huge, and monumental scale was supposed to be reserved for nobility and historical figures. At the time, people were outraged. Why would this anonymous drunk deserve attention?

• Leonetto Capiello’s Absinthe Ducros Fils advertises the drink as the gateway to clear-headed euphoria, which is possible. Obviously she had a better experience than Manet’s subject.

• This Absinthe Spoon is an essential component of preparing the drink. It holds the sugar cube that dissolves as you dilute absinthe with water.

• Dem Bones’ Sugar Cubes are molded into the shape of skulls. Why not?

• Raquel’s absinthe honey gives you the taste without the after-effect. She mixes clover and wildflower honey with the herbs normally in absinthe – wormwood, licorice, spearmint, and star anise. You can buy the Sampler or the Bottle.

• Lauren Davidson’s Cuff is covered with a vintage French advertisement for absinthe depicting a naughty green fairy.

• Kate’s Cuff features another vintage poster that shows a bleeding skull eating the words “absinthe is death.”

• Thea Geurtsen-Vincent’s Lip Balm has the smell and taste of absinthe without the hangover.

• Sara Tan’s Absinthe Soleil is a light perfume oil with notes of orange, chamomile, honey, and mint.

• Ann Stoermer’s Soap combines shea butter with aloe vera liquid and smells like cloves, anise, and sweet fennel.