1780s - Absinthe is created by French ex-pat Dr. Pierre Ordinaire in Couvet, Switzerland
1797 - The recipe is sold to Major Henri Dubied who produces it with his son in law Henri-Louis Pernod
1805 - Henri-Louis Pernod sets up a distillery in Pontarlier, France to make absinthe, creating the first commercially available brand: Pernod Absinthe, and providing the genesis for global spirits conglomerate Pernod Ricard
Early 1800s - Absinthe grows in popularity, influencing the original name for French happy hour, l'heure verte, or the green hour
1860s - Phylloxera insects ravage the French wine industry, driving up wine prices and spurring consumption of absinthe
1880s - The French were drinking 36 million liters of absinthe a year
Early 1900s - Absinthe has fallen out of favor due to dubious health claims, inferior products, wine industry lobbying, a growing temperance movement, and governments scapegoating it for social ills
1910 - Switzerland bans absinthe
1912 - France bans absinthe
1915 - United States of America bans absinthe
Early 1990s - Non-traditional artificially colored and flavored "absinthe" begins to be produced in the Czech republic
2004 - T.A. Breaux, or Ted Breaux, a research scientist an absinthe historian, begins distilling absinthe at the Combier Distillery in France
2007 - Ted Breaux and his business partner convince the US government to lift the ban on absinthe, making Lucid the first to be legally sold in 95 years
2013 - Hood River Distillers purchases Lucid for an undisclosed sum
Absinthe is featured in more than 100 recipes in the landmark 1930 Savoy Cocktail book, so take your pick of the classics that call for it.
Absinthe is perhaps best enjoyed with cold water to experience the louche. A sugar cube is optional.