Herbsaint Original 100 proof
Staff Pick

Herbsaint Original 100 proof

Item # 22798 750mL
$37.99/ Single Bottle
$227.94/ Case of 6
ABV
50.00%
Country
USA
Producer
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Tasting Notes

Made from the original recipe from 1934 celebrating it's 75th birthday. The fresh herbs are infused and not distilled resulting in a much more flavorful spirit.


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Staff Pick Notes

Many of the cocktails we associate with New Orleans history call for Absinthe in some capacity. If you know your history then this is somewhat confusing, as even outside of Prohibition you couldn't get Absinthe legally in the USA from 1912-2007. While there's no question that some was smuggled into the country, it's arguably more authentic to use this stuff, Herbsaint, in your 1930s-inspired cocktail making. Invented by one J. Marion Legendre after he came back from World War I and was unable to find the real stuff, it's essentially Absinthe at a slightly lower proof, but with no wormwood. "Herbsaint" is both Creole for "sacred herb" and a near anagram of "absinthe." It works amazingly well as a rinse in a Sazerac or in an Herbsaint Frappé, and (thankfully) doesn't carry an authentic Absinthe's hefty price tag.

- JON

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