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The king of fine liquors.
― Label catchphrase[src]

King Absinthe is one of several different types of alcoholic beverages found in Columbia and Rapture during the events of BioShock Infinite and Burial at Sea.

BioShock Infinite[]

Unlike every other alcoholic beverage found around Columbia, Absinthe drains your current Health by half, but fully replenishes your Salts. As with Unknown Booze, it only takes one bottle for Booker DeWitt to become inebriated. It is the opposite of its BioShock counterpart, as Moonbeam Absinthe increased health and drained EVE.

Burial at Sea[]

Absinthe makes another appearance in both BioShock Infinite's downloadable contentBurial at Sea - Episode 1 and Episode 2. The effects of the drink have been reversed, so that now it provides health, but drains a bit of EVE

A large number of empty bottles can be found in Jeremiah Fink's personal Prayer room, along with painted graffiti and numerous cobwebs. An additional amount was drank by a prisoner in Fontaine's Department Store's Manta Ray Lounge, who eventually committed suicide.

Behind the Scenes[]

  • Absinthe was very popular among Parisians in the late 1800's and early 1900's, particularly with the creative types, such as artists and authors.
  • Due to supposedly psychoactive effects, the drink was banned by 1915 in places such as the United States, France and its place of Origin, Switzerland (Rescinded in 2007). During the restriction there were illegal underground bars which still destilled and served it. As the biggest producer was asked to court, she simply replied to the judge "see ya next Sunday, when you get your regular shot!".