EU Remains Divided On Absinthe Definition


Martial Philippi, owner of the Absinth Depot shop, uses an absinthe... News PhotoAbsinthe,Alcohol,Berlin,Business,Cube Shape,Drink,Drinking,Drinking Glass,Finance,Germany,Healthcare And Medicine,Human Interest,Labeling,Owner,Politics,Pouring,Sitting,Store,Sugar,Vertical,WaterPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesBERLIN, GERMANY - MARCH 15: Martial Philippi, owner of the Absinth Depot shop, uses an absinthe fountain to pour water through a sugar cube atop an absinthe spoon sitting on a glass of absinthe on March 15, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The highly alcoholic drink absinthe was banned in much of Europe during World War I, and only in recent years became once again legal, finding its way back into bars and shops. Meanwhile the European Parliament is divided on its vote on the European Commission's attempt to standardize the definition of the drink by deciding if and how much of the two substances anethole and the chemical thujone, a toxin extracted from wormwood, which has given the drink its reputation for producing mind-altering effects, must be contained within it to officially classify versions of the 'green fairy,' as it is also known, with the absinthe name. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)