Absinthe tasting
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Yes, I know, today is also Mardi Gras. But if you’re going to be preparing for the start of Lent with excessive intake of food and alcohol, you should choose the right drink. And absinthe makes the heart grow fonder. If it causes you to hallucinate or burns your tongue, you’re doing it wrong. No theatrics are required, just an ounce of greenish liquid distilled from a mixture of plants that includes wormwood, plus some ice water and maybe a wee bit of sugar. It’s like pastis, only better.