One of the highest-profile spirits at this past summer’s Tale of the Cocktail event in New Orleans was also one of the newest arrivals. Absinthe, once nearly the signature drink of the Crescent City, is back, a fact that was strongly evident at seminars, at the celebrated Old Absinthe House and at more than one private party. Long the scourge of polite drinking society because of its allegedly hallucinogenic and deleterious qualities, absinthe was banned almost everywhere ...

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