Marilyn Manson Adult Beverage Causes Controversy
September 24, 2007 at 6:18 AM (PT)
Any fan of goth-rocker MARILYN MANSON knows he has a bit of an obession with all things macabre, so no one should be surprised he's come out with his own brand of absinthe liquor, an adult beverage that has been long vilified as something that when taken in excess can kill you, reports MSNBC.
According to ROLLING STONE's website, MANSON recently introduced his own brand of the controversial cocktail, called MANSINTHE, after working with a Swiss distillery to develop a blend "distilled from fine herbs, naturally colored and not sugared."
One of those ingredients is wormwood, which contains a toxic chemical that in large quantities can cause kidney failure, seizures and even death. Once the favorite drink of artists and bohemians in late 19th century EUROPE for its alleged pyschoactive attributes, absinthe was banned in the early 1900s in many countries due to its controversial ingredient. But since the prohibitions were lifted in the EUROPEAN UNION, the bitter liquor has recently seen a resurgence among the trendy on the Continent.
Bad news for MANSON's fans: Absinthe remains banned in the UNITED STATES, despite a recent study that found the drink no more dangerous to your health that any other liquor.