After nearly a century on ice, absinthe is back on the street. Served as a mysterious milky elixir, fashioned into creative cocktails or set aflame and drunk by the shot, the heady, anise-flavored spirit with the bad-boy image is a magnet for novelty seekers, some restaurant operators report. Because of the alcohol’s notorious past, it took nearly a century for authorities to decide that authentic absinthe was no more harmful than any other form of alcohol, and the first legal ...

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