Pastis: Prohibited Then Adored
In 1915,absinthe was prohibited in France. And with good reason: it had been wreaking havoc. Between substances that caused fits and its addictive qualities, it was like a drug. Verlaine and Toulouse-Lautrec, among others, paid the price. Banishing absinthe led to a ban on all aniseed drinks. In Provence, where the refreshing qualities of aniseed had long been appreciated, this ban was felt hard. Bar owners continued to produce their own drinks on the side. In 1922, after seven years of prohibition, the government re-authorised the sale of other aniseed drinks. It was the start of a real frenzy for pastis, which became synonymous with the seaside and sunny summer days.