So, like doesn't this make you crazy? That was the story from way back in the day. Probably because people used to make liquor in their basements and bathtubs and clearly that is not sanitary. Also, most people were making liquor by trial and error, mostly error, and people could actually go psycho or even die from the alcohol.
It is 2017 and there are machines and studies and professionals that create absinthe. It's made from anise and has strong flavors of anise or licorice so it needs to be diluted with water and sugar. Kind of a lot of water and sugar! But, when made by the right people, it is amazing stuff! Especially when preparing and drank the proper way.
An absinthe drip.
Here, in a photo array is the proper way to drink absinthe.