Absinth at 1936 Olympics!


Absinth at the 1936 Olympics? Unless the Czechs or the Spanish brought some along, the only absinth would have been this fine fellow. Absinth was born in 1926 and won a gold medal at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, he was ridden by Major Friedrich Gerhard. Here’s Friedrich with two pals celebrating after the award.


A couple of years later their comrades arrived uninvited in Prague, and the popularity of absinth grew by virtue of a Nazi alcohol tax, which made absinth an attractively priced spirit. The Fischer distillery in Vienna, the former capital of the Austro Hungarian Empire, has a price list in it’s archives, which must date from the post 1938 Anschluss, listing absynth at 4.67 Reich Marks per litre. If anyone can work out what that is in today’s money, I’d like to know.

5 responses to “Absinth at 1936 Olympics!

  1. Now, that is interesting, if not a bit sad, history!
    Work on it!

  2. 🙂 can be fun! You can buy old magazines at very little money at antiquarian book shops. I’m just looking at a “Cocktail Buch” from Berlin

    Here’s one for you! 🙂 Bunny’s Hug:

    Ein Teil Gin, ein teil Scotch Whisky, ein teil Absinth.

    I am just wondering if absinth was ever even banned in Germany? Annoyingly there is no date on the book, but it looks like something from the 20s. Maybe just a German translation of the Savoy Cocktail Book, which would mean it was 1930s I think.

  3. Yokohama Cocktail:

    Ein schuB Absinth, ein halber Teil Grenadine, ein halber Teil Wodka, ein Teil Orangensaft, ein Teil Gin. Gut schutteln und in Cocktail glasern servieren.

    It’s the Savoy Book for sure 8)

  4. The Ykohama Cocktail is a great find, although a bit fiery!

  5. This made me laugh!

    “The Bunny hug was a dancing style performed by young people, especially flappers, in the early 20th century.

    Male and female dance partners would shake and wiggle their bodies, and grind them together….caused a lot of uproar in polite society due to its suggestive nature. Some felt that the dance movements were an imitation of sexual intercourse of rabbits”


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