From YouTube Even before absinthe was banned in Europe and the United States, the herbal liqueur had a long history with artists and writers. During the century-long absinthe-ban, the drink reached near-mythical proportions. Much of the buzz was due to its outlaw status but some of the drink's allure must be credited to the ritual surrounding its preparation. Now, once again legal in the U.S., absinthe is drawing curious crowds. Lance Winters, Distiller at Alameda, California-based St. George Spirits, spoke with Outside's Go about some of the links between artists and absinthe as well as the proper way to prepare a glass.