Mansinthe, Mugs & Underwear


It seems that the long awaited Mansinthe, inspired by tasteful US celebrity Marilyn Manson, is now available:

There are two pricey prereleases: a limited edition for 300 euros and a special signed edition with a different label available from Gallery Schenk in Cologne that sells for 500 euros.

Manson is coming out with the real stuff, Mansinthe. Of course, it will not be available in the states due to another set of antiquated laws.

We all know that Marilyn Manson is something of an absinthe fan just like so many others:


Wormwood Society Mug


Wormwood Society Thong

The world of absinthe is full of weird and wonderful things of course – we’ve commented before on the zoomorphic absinthe pitchers, but here’s something which surprised me – as well as a cute coffee mug, the Wormwood Society also sell absinthe underwear. Whatever next? Absinthe flavoured condoms? As Kenny Everrett’s character Cupid Stunt used to say: “It’s all done in the best possible taste.”

Here’s something from the opposite end of the taste spectrum, An Absinthe Votive Candle, available from Barney’s in New York,  made with star anise and grand wormwood:

Absinthe Candle

12 responses to “Mansinthe, Mugs & Underwear

  1. Hey man, I don’t really care much about Marilyn but I think he’s cool nonetheless. I could do without another coffee mug, though I’m curious what a snort of java and a dram of absinthe would do to my day at about 10 AM. (All the old Spanish guys favor brandy with coffee for their morning buzz.) But come on, the absinthe panty should read slurp me, not drink me. Many mounds of Venus do flow freely, but none in my experience flow enough to drink from. Perhaps an absinthe frappe infused with female hormones is in order!

  2. 🙂

    Absinthe made in England 1710:

    Scotty & Leiff:

    Will Salmon wrote:

    Pharmacoeia Bateana 1694
    The Family Dictionary 1696
    Country Physician 1710
    Botonologia, English Herbal 1710

    The first recorded mention of “Wormwood Water” I know of is in Patridge’s “The Widowes Treasure” of 1573. The book is for the most part medicinal. Does wormwood water = wormwood ale? Not sure.

    Leonhart Fuchs (De Historia Stirpium) of Nuremberg, 1501-1566 “when he came into a village, considered always what herbs did grow most frequently about it, and those he distilled in a silver alembic, making use of others amongst them as occasion served.”

  3. Also don’t forget the Swiss! – but forget about “Dr Ordinaire” and all that hogwash:

    “The second part of De Remediis Secretis was also successful, and was translated into French, English and German by 1583″

    Euro 9,000 !

  4. Absinthe briefs and condoms?
    What about the bras?

  5. A silver alembic! Fancy! Any idea why silver? Mr. Fuchs must have traveled with some sturdy fellows to help protect his still.

    But what I’m really wondering is why the absinthe history/mythology places its invention in Switzerland at the end of the 18th century. I guess that opens up another can of worms, what is the -ness in absintheness that makes absinthe absinthe? Is there a minimum criteria for something to be called absinthe? Sr. Segarra uses only wormwood and anise, right? And for the astute people who may read this, I’m not trying to start trouble here, just wondering what the heck is going on. Here we have a reference from England for what appears to be absinthe by any other name. Can anyone tell me why the credit goes to the Swiss and French?

  6. Robert-Gilles:

    Panty-minimalists love our casual thong that covers sweet spots without covering your assets putting an end to panty-lines. This under-goodie is outta sight in low-rise pants. Toss these message panties onstage at your favorite rock star or share a surprise message with someone special … later


  7. >Any idea why silver?

    Alchemy? There’s a reference to some gentleman using one in 1861 when extracting acid from larch tree bark.

    >Can anyone tell me why the credit goes to the Swiss and French?

    Here’s David’s view:

  8. « Voilà des considérations assez fortes pour t’obliger à boire cette absinthe en patience; il m’en reste toutefois d’autres encore plus pressantes qui t’inviteront sans doute à la souhaiter. Il faut, mon cher frère, te persuader que comme toi et les autres brutes êtes matériels; et comme la mort, au lieu d’anéantir la matière, elle n’en fait que troubler l’économie, tu dois, dis-je, croire avec certitude que, cessant d’être ce que tu étais, tu commenceras d’être quelque autre chose. Je veux donc que tu ne deviennes qu’une motte de terre, ou un caillou, encore seras-tu quelque chose de moins méchant que l’homme. Mais j’ai un secret à te découvrir, que je ne voudrais pas qu’aucun de mes compagnons eût entendu de ma bouche c’est qu’étant mangé, comme ta vas être, de nos petits oiseaux, tu passeras en leur substance. Oui, tu auras l’honneur de contribuer, quoique aveuglément, aux opérations intellectuelles de nos mouches, et de participer à la gloire, si tu ne raisonnes toi-même, de les faire au moins raisonner. »

    Voyage dans la lune” (1657) Cyrano de Bergerac

    Is this right? Anyone know what it says 🙂

  9. Sorry that I’m tardy for the party but…

    Could the silver still have something to do with silver’s natural antiseptic qualities?

    Also, as far as taking absinthe in the morning…it seems to work for me, just not in coffee.

    Finally, what’s wrong with absinthe flavoured condoms?! hehe

  10. Oh…one more thing.

    Methinks the credit goes to the Swiss and French because they were the ones who popularized it and/or mass produced it. Old recipes be damned, etc. Of course, perhaps we need to account for tastes as well. Maybe (I have no proof, but I’m looking) the tastes of wormwood/anise weren’t as popular as say…beer, mead, etc in those countries (or the usage was relegated to medicinal)–so folks saw no need for mass production. Then, as times change, things come into vogue, etc… Voila! Absinthe was invented by the French/Swiss!

    I still stand by the standards of Duplais…any of those ingrediants in any amount constitutes absinthe. So what is absinthe? wormwood, anise, etc. in any degree you see fit–that’ll probably cause a nice row, however, that’s also coming straight from the horse’s mouth…so….yeah.

    As for what constitute absinthe proper: I’d like to agree with the wormwood society, etc and say it’s an anise based wormwood drink, however, something that derives its name from the plant that is used speaks more loudly than something that is an additive, imo.

  11. so folks saw no need for mass production

    You are right Leif! Absinth (absyth; archaic) was produced in the Hapsburg Empire; absinth is the German spelling. It did not reach the industrial scale of French production or hype, as you point out.

    For example:

    In Czech it is actually absint, but the German spelling stuck. Your observation regarding the medicinal tradition is also insightful. This was absinthe’s original purpose of course.

    A doctor was making absinth here before the nation of Czechoslovakia was born …more on this later.

    Keep up the research…

    PS: This thread contains a little information on Culpeper’s ‘The Complete Herbal’, 1653: ‘Spiritus et Aqua Absynthii”

    I want to concentrate on the central european tradition, so if you would like to dig a bit deeper into Culpeper and blog it, that would be great. Isn’t it strange that neither Wormood Scociety, or Fee Verte, forums mention this? Perhaps someone can raise the question of wormood waters – pre Henroid sisters – at one of these places too?

  12. Would figure it would be difficult to get in the US. That is a HUGE drawback about living here.

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