Absinthe is a popular drink among the ISIS employees. Malory is a particularly big fan of the beverage. On a mission to Switzerland, she buys a few cases of a brand that is illegal in the United States and arranges to smuggle them back.
When Malory drinks Absinthe it causes her to black out, which has happened to her at least twice. One time she played Russian Roulette with some Vietnamese (a reference to the movie The Deer Hunter). Another time she managed to put out a burn notice on Archer.
- In "Job Offer," Malory almost drinks two bottles due to her anger at Archer for going for a job with ODIN.
- In "Swiss Miss," Malory buys a few cases and forces the ISIS agents to mule them back in their luggage.
Absinthe is historically described as a distilled, highly alcoholic (45–74% ABV / 90-148 proof) beverage. It is an anise-flavoured spirit derived from herbs, including the flowers and leaves of the herb Artemisia absinthium, commonly referred to as "grande wormwood", together with green anise and sweet fennel. Absinthe traditionally has a natural green colour but can also be colourless. It is commonly referred to in historical literature as "la fée verte" (the "green fairy" in French).
Absinthe originated in the canton of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. It achieved great popularity as an alcoholic drink in late 19th- and early 20th-century France, particularly among Parisian artists and writers. Owing in part to its association with bohemian culture, consumption of absinthe was opposed by social conservatives and prohibitionists.
Absinthe has been portrayed as a dangerously addictive psychoactive drug. The chemical thujone, present in small quantities, was blamed for its alleged harmful effects. By 1915, absinthe had been banned in the United States and in most European countries including France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Although absinthe was vilified, it has not been shown that it is any more dangerous than ordinary spirits. Its psychoactive properties, apart from those of alcohol, have been much exaggerated.
A revival of absinthe began in the 1990s, when countries in the European Union began to reauthorize its manufacture and sale. As of February 2008, nearly 200 brands of absinthe were being produced in a dozen countries, most notably in France, Switzerland, Spain, and the Czech Republic. In 2007, The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau lifted the ban on Absinthe, making it legal to manufacture, purchase, and consume in the United States.