Absinthe was invented at the end of the 18th century, in Val-de-Travers in the Swiss province of Jura. It is traditionally made of vermouth, anis seed, fennel and a range of other herbs. In the mid 19th century, absinthe was the drink of the Bohemia. Artists such as Ernest Hemingway, Edgar Allan Poe, Oscar Wilde, Charles Baudelaire, Paul Gauguin, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Vincent van Gogh regarded "the green fairy" as a source of inspiration.
The same is true for Marilyn Manson, who has been known as an absinthe lover for many years. In July 2007, together with Markus Lion from lion-spirits.de and multiple award-winning Swiss speciality distillery Matter-Luginbühl AG, he launched his own absinthe, which is called "Mansinthe".
Manson intensely involved in the development
Two years after the initial idea to do develop an absinthe together with Marilyn Manson, it was finished, Markus Lion looks back: "Manson was intensely involved in the development, constantly tasting the samples, giving his opinion and providing suggestions for changes. When he was completely satisfied with a prototype, the final implementation was swift." The artist, whose real name is Brian Hugh Warner, presented his "Mansinthe" at the private viewing of his exhibition in Galerie Schenk in Cologne, on 27th June 2007.