EXPLORE ABSINTH

The mystery and mayhem surrounding absinthe’s sordid past have long been quashed. Heady hallucinations and impromptu surgical procedures were less likely caused by the green fairy than the timeless pen and brush strokes to come out of the Bohemian movement. The truth is that this delectable distillate is complex, varied and packs a punch — to your wallet. To help discover which brand of wormwood is right for you, German upstart absinthes.com offers Absinthe Explore Kits ($60).