Mansinthe, Cerberus, and Marilyn

by James on June 5, 2009

Marilyn Manson says he doesn’t drink Mansinthe, his own absinthe creation, in the London Times. During an interview with The Times:

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Marilyn Manson says ““I don’t drink my own absinthe,” he says. “I drink this. It’s Cerberus. I based the taste of mine on it. It’s like black liquorice, which I f***in’ hate”

Cerberus is the dog with three heads that guards the gate of Hades in Greek and Roman myth, but is it an absinthe? I must admit I have never heard of it. Cerberus Absinthe anyone? Mariln Manson said before ““Wormwood, when you distil it, makes this thing called thujone; it’s like the equivalent of THC in marijuana. I have a guy who sends it to me in a dropper.” Perhaps that is what he means? A mystery.

According to Epicurious, the aroma of Mansinthe is like “sewage water or swamp mud” Their scathing review is here:

So did you buy absinthe from Marilyn Manson, his Mansinthe? What did you think? and what, in the name of Hades, is Cerberus Absinthe? Does Cerberus have bite :-)

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Will Baird 06.06.09 at 10:49 am

“makes this thing called thujone”

Never heard of Cerberus either! Marilyn was obviously off his head in that interview, perhpas he meant Century Absinthe? That has 100mg thujone I think. It may also be that Cerberus is a “marque privee”? or he could have been talking out of his *@#%

Michelle 06.07.09 at 8:18 am

I can solve the mystery lol. I was kind enough to help The Times out by putting a comment “I think he means Serpis, not Cerberus” - because he had it with him in London, and basically whenever he walks outside. The Times were nice enough to correct the article, but not nice enough to publish my comment. Assholes.

James 06.07.09 at 5:44 pm

Thanks for the contributions to the mystery of Cerberus :-) Did anyone try Mansinthe?

Matt 06.08.09 at 2:00 pm

According to the guys making Mansinthe, Manson was involved developing his own Absinthe. I don’t understand why this moron now doesn’t drink an absinthe that was designed to his demands. It actually must be pretty good - it was awarded a gold medal at one of the most important spirits competitions in the U.S. Maybe Manson was reading this Epicurious bullshit and doesn’t have enough dick to stand for his own product.

James 06.08.09 at 7:57 pm

Hi Matt! It seems that Marilyn doesn’t like “black liquorice”. There is more media about him and absinthe today: he allegedly drinks absinthe for breakfast!

Beli 06.08.09 at 9:34 pm

hee hee hee, funny how you find out new things everyday , so he presumes to be an absinthe connoisseur, but he doesn’t even know the exact name of what he’s drinking? probably not. But that’s ok, we forgive him.

Markus Lion 06.09.09 at 11:12 am

Mansinthe doesn’t contain black liquorice…

James 06.09.09 at 1:40 pm

Hi Markus, what does Mansinthe contain please? I suppose that when Marilyn says “It’s like black liquorice”, he means he can taste liquorice, right? The question remains: why he would base his Mansinthe on a taste that he hates? What was his exact involvement with this absinthe? The whole affair is rather curious, like a dog with three heads :-)

Markus Lion 06.09.09 at 2:35 pm

Please see for details. Thanks a lot.

Antichrist goth 06.10.09 at 9:03 am

“Manson was intensely involved in the development, constantly tasting the samples, giving his opinion and providing suggestions for changes” (

x liegh the goth x 09.25.09 at 7:58 pm

x marilyn manson is the best and most amazing person ive ever heard of and to be onest i love him x :P x he is so amazing and he has an amazing voice and it sounds like a voice from angels x

x liegh x

Aeromecca 12.13.10 at 5:03 am

Absinthe contains Anise which is where the black liquorice flavor
comes in…. I have consumed 3 bottles of Mansinthe myself and I find it to be a very pleasureable drink. I drink it about 50/50 water with the sugar cube melted in. My only complaint is the price.

Mark 12.15.13 at 8:26 pm

I have drank Mansinthe and it is so far my favorite absinthe. It definitely makes you feel different than usual liquor. Just don’t over do it! 2 shots did me good.

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