From Edgar Degas to Charles Pierre Baudelaire, a number of legendary 19th century French artists and authors were known to imbibe absinthe, the green, cloudy drink believed to have hallucinogenic properties.
Although the libation was widely enjoyed throughout France, many people associate absinthe with Bohemian Parisian artists, who famously touted the illicit, green libation for its mind-altering effects. True, the hallucinogenic claims have been since disproved, but absinthe still carries a reputation shrouded in intrigue and fascination, perhaps due to its prohibition during the 20th century.
Whether you’re looking for a fun date idea in Denver or just want to experience a mysterious piece of cocktail history, you can dance with the green fairy at the Atrium Lobby inside The Brown Palace Hotel, where we serve Leopold Bros. Absinthe Verte in the traditional method. This award-winning absinthe, which is distilled in Denver, touts traditional flavors of anise, wormwood, sweet fennel and aromatic botanicals. Watch as our bartenders prepare the absinthe verte by pouring cold water over a sugar cube that has been placed on a slotted spoon. The slotted spoon sits atop the glass containing absinthe, so as the water melts the sugar cube, the boozy spirit transforms from clear to cloudy green.
Leopold Bros. Absinthe Verte inside the Atrium Lobby; $12 per glass