Absinthe is a strong alcoholic beverage that originated in the canton of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. It is made from a variety of herbs, including the flowers and leaves of the grand wormwood plant. Absinthe is typically green in colour, although it can also be found in different shades, including red and yellow. The traditional way of preparing absinthe is to pour it into a glass and then add water. A sugar cube is then placed on a slotted spoon and held over the glass. The absinthe is then slowly dripped onto the sugar cube, which dissolves into the drink. Absinthe has a long and controversial history. It was popularized in the late 19th century by French artists and writers, who associated it with the Bohemian lifestyle. Absinthe was also associated with crime and violence, and it was banned in a number of countries in the early 20th century. Despite its controversial past, absinthe is once again becoming popular.