Absinthe has a mixed reputation. From its role as a supposed cure for ringworm to inducing madness, David Jesudason charts how the controversial spirit made from wormwood, anise and fennel has both healed and harmed.
The trouble with absinthe
Words by David Jesudason
- In pictures
About the author
David Jesudason is a freelance journalist who covers race issues for BBC Culture, Pellicle and Vittles. He was named Beer Writer of the Year in 2023, after his first book ‘Desi Pubs, A Guide to British-Indian Pubs, Food and Culture’ was hailed as “the most important volume on pubs in 50 years”. David also writes ‘Pub Episodes of My Life’, a weekly newsletter about the drinking establishments that serve marginalised people.