Fandango’s Dog Days of August Prompt #27- Your Favorite Drink
My favorite drink?
That would be the tears of my foes.
Just kidding, but I cannot tell a lie those are pretty darn sweet.
My favorite drink, hands down is Absinthe.
There’s an entire legend around Absinthe-it’s the drink of the wicked and the morally corrupt, it was made from poison and that it could make you see visions ( well to be fair, if you drink to much of anything that’s going to happen ) and those visions could be so mind-blowing you could end up going insane.
Oh. And apparently Vampires love the stuff and you’re supposed to have it served with a flaming sugar cube- both of these additions to the Absinthe legend showed up in the late 1980’s and 1990’s and they’re a bit silly, but it’s all in fun.
So where did these older stories come from?
The French Wine Industry- yep. There was a retail war going on and by 1915 it was illegal in France ( SURPISE ) as well as the United States. Absinthe took a hit in that campaign and it was such a big hit that people believe some of those myths to this day.
So why do I love that light taste of anise and fennel in a glass ( just as an FYI I don’t like the green Absinthe it’s loaded with dye, but it does photograph well that way)
Why for the theatrics of course!
Writers, and artists have been inspired by Absinthe for ages- so being that I want to be a team player I developed a taste for it. Actually, what happened was when I wanted to have a drink and a teensy bit of fun, I have my favorite go to place and I have my drink and scarf down cheese and chocolates. But I can’t say it inspired me to write, but it’s as good as an excuse as any.
On the face of it, my reasons for liking Absinthe might seem silly- but people have been known to buy beer because of commercials with giant horses and frogs getting their tongues stuck to the back of trucks, as we know on a subtle level, those ads make it seem like drinking it is going to be even more fun then the beer commerciasl themselves.
I suppose those commercial are like an amuse bouche that you scarf down before you pop the top off the beer or can.
Absinthe is a fun drink with a fun story and that’s why I enjoy it- and in case you’re wondering does anything else even comes close to it for me?
Yes there is one.
One of my neighbors is an Icee Machine Repairman and he drives the company truck home sometimes.
When I see it, I’m usually at an Icee machine within 48 hours.
It’s probably a good thing he isn’t an Absinthe Rep and drives a company car with a logo on the side.