Mephisto Absinthe obtains its green color from the chlorophyll of the herbs and flowers used in production unlike other artificially colored brands. It was falsely portrayed as a dangerously addictive psychoactive drug by temperance movements and subsequently made illegal to import. Now that the ban is over, this iconic spirit is available once again in the United States. Mephisto is still prepared by hand in Austria, and uses an original century old secret recipe. Because of this meticulous and traditional process, Mephisto Absinthe is truly an experience to behold. Traditionally, Mephisto is enjoyed neat. Place a sugar cube on a perforated spoon above the Absinthe. Carefully drip water, drop by drop, to melt the sugar through the spoon. This will cause the Absinthe to become cloudy, an effect similar to ouzo, while at the same time releasing its bouquet into the air.