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Dancing With the Green Fairy: Part One

Cecil Usher guides us through the history and mystery of dancing with the green fairy

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Since the 1700s, absinthe, the emerald-colored herbal spirit, has captured the collective imagination. From its beginnings as a medicine to the height of its popularity among artists like Vincent Van Gogh and Mary Shelley, its true effects and mysterious origins have been shrouded in a veil of misunderstanding.

Cecil Usher, bar manager at Butcher and the Rye and the newly-minted vice president of Pittsburgh’s chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild, will guide us through the history and mystery of dancing with the green fairy.




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