Perhaps no spirit is regarded with more curiosity than absinthe. Take out a bottle of it, and you're met with a litany of questions: Is this the real stuff? Are we legally allowed to drink this? And, most importantly, will we be tripping after a single sip?

To get to the bottom of the anise-flavored alcohol's murky history, we consulted Anne-Louise Marquis, the Brand Ambassador for Pernod Absinthe. Marquis illuminated every aspect of absinthe's timeline, from its illustrious beginning as Hemingway's drink of choice, to the controversy that led to its ban in the States and how that ban was eventually repealed so we could finally (legally) enjoy the emerald spirit once again.

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