What is an Absinthe Glass?

To drink Absinthe the traditional way, you need to have an original Absinthe glass. But what exactly makes a glass an Absinthe glass? We will give you the answer and inform you this week about Absinthe Glasses.

Absinthe Glass: The historic evolution

In its early days Absinthe has been served in the same glasses as every other drink. Since Absinthe has a deeper cultural meaning and gained in popularity a specific design became popular. As you most certainly know a glass for Absinthe normally has a short thick stem, as well as a reservoir in order to measure how much Absinthe you need to pour for one serving. Such a glass is called ‘reservoir glass’. The Pontarlier design was the first specific Absinthe glass. It has as well another indicator, a faceting, to help adding the right amount of water. In the following picture you can see these design characteristics:    …Continue reading “What is an Absinthe Glass?”

Absinthe Ritual: How to drink Absinthe

You have already learned a lot about Absinthe and how to make Absinthe the right way. Today we want to tell you more about the fascinating Absinthe Ritual. We will give you advice how to drink Absinthe traditionally and we we will also explain the reason behind the ritual.

How to drink Absinthe: The original French Ritual

The original way of preparing Absinthe is called the French Absinthe Ritual, which describes as well the historical roots of the drink. The focus is set on the “Louche”, the change of Absinthe´s color when it is diluted with ice cold water.    …Continue reading “Absinthe Ritual: How to drink Absinthe”

How to make Absinthe the right way

There are different methods of making an Absinthe, especially when it comes to quality and taste. That’s reason enough for us to give you a closer look at the different production methods. How to make Absinthe is this weeks topic!

How to make Absinthe: The recipe is important

Knowledge about different herbs and spices is key in producing a tasty Absinthe. That is why successful Absinthe recipes are kept secret by distillers. To be more precise, especially the amount of herbs used in the recipe is key to making Absinthe. Your general objective should be to achieve a balanced, but complex taste. Some herbs are very aromatic, if you take too much of them, the whole Absinthe is ruined.    …Continue reading “How to make Absinthe the right way”

Absinthe Spoons and their usage

Welcome back, glad to have you here! Absinthe Spoons are an important accessory of the Absinthe culture. This week we will give you some more information about this iconic accessory: The Absinthe Spoon. We will briefly explain how to use an Absinthe spoon, in case you are new to the world of Absinthe. Additionally, we present some historical facts about their usage. There are as well many different spoon designs available. Therefore we will give you as well an overview about the different styles.

Why do you need Absinthe Spoons?

Back in the 19th century, people had a sweet tongue. Bitter flavors did not meet the taste of many customers. Therefore it became apparent really quick, that sugar should be added to Absinthe. But, chemically spoken, sugar does not mix with alcohol, which Absinthe is mostly made of. This is why you have to add water, in order for the sugar to be dissolved due to a lower percentage of alcohol.    …Continue reading “Absinthe Spoons and their usage”

Absinthe and Medicine

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Welcome back, glad to have you here! Absinthe and Medicine is this weeks’ topic.
Absinthe and its relationship with medicine is a subject that is often discussed in old books about Absinthe. That’s why we are telling you a bit more about Absinthe and its relationship with medicine today. Enjoy!

Absinthe and medicine..? How about wormwood!

Absinthe and medicine are two words that one normally does not think of together. But as you know, Absinthe is made out of wormwood. So the relationship is rather between wormwood and medicine than between Absinthe and medicine.    …Continue reading “Absinthe and Medicine”

Absinthe and its image in countries

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Welcome back, glad to have you here! We already told you some facts about Absinthe and its prohibition in our recent posts. Now you will learn more about the perception of Absinthe in different countries. Therefore, Absinthe and its image in specific countries will be this week’s topic!

Absinthe and its image: negative perception

England was one of many countries, where Absinthe was perceived as something rather negative. “For the conservative English, however, absinthe symbolised the dissolute, sexually depraved world of the French.” (J. Adams, Hideous Absinthe). This quote does not only show the English perception of France, but rather its’ perception of Absinthe. Of course, this mindset has changed after the re-legalization of the liquor. But still, in many countries including the UK the fame of Absinthe is rather negative. In Holland, Germany, Brazil, Canada, Argentina, the US and even in France the drink remained to be associated with alcoholism and health issues.    …Continue reading “Absinthe and its image in countries”

Absinthe and famous personalities: Part 2

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Last week we told you about Absinthe and famous Absinthe personalities. Because there are so many persons we could talk about, we decided to make a second part. We’re happy to read your Feedback.

Disclaimer: This article may include information that reflects old thinking. We only present information that is historically given.

Famous Absinthe personalities: Ernest Hemmingway

He is most definitely the writer that was closest to Absinthe. He came in contact with Absinthe in Spain and Cuba, because of the Absinthe Prohibition in France.    …Continue reading “Absinthe and famous personalities: Part 2”

Absinthe and famous personalities: Part 1

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Absinthe and famous personalities is this weeks’ topic. Because there are many famous personalities that came in contact with Absinthe, this will be the first part of two.

Disclaimer: If you have not yet read the previous two posts, please make sure to read them before you read this one. The following may reflect old thinking and does not reflect the current finding of science or any knowledge.    …Continue reading “Absinthe and famous personalities: Part 1”

Absinthism and the comparison of Absinthe to Cannabis

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This week you are going to learn about Absinthism and we will deal with the question: Are Absinthe and Cannabis comparable? Enjoy!

Absinthism

Absinthe was the scapegoat at the beginning of the 20th century. It was said, that drinking Absinthe will make you crazy. Even an illness was ascribed, “Absinthism”. Now, as you already know from last weeks article about Absinthe Prohibition, Absinthe is not dangerous. So why does the term Absinthism exist?

The term first came up in the 1860’s when the debate about health issues concerning Absinthe consumption arose. It was claimed that chronic use of Absinthe causes addiction, hyperexcitability, epileptic fits and hallucinations. This was first described in a series of papers by Dr. Valentin Magnan.    …Continue reading “Absinthism and the comparison of Absinthe to Cannabis”

Some facts about Absinthe Prohibition

As probably most of you know Absinthe, the Green Fairy, had been banned most of the 20th century. In the following we have put together some information about Absinthe prohibition. There are so many rumors out there about Absinthe and its prohibition, therefore it is a good advice to check out these facts:

Countries that officially prohibited Absinthe:

Even though there had been a few places that had banned Absinthe already, one can say that the whole prohibition movement started around 1905 in Switzerland. Absinthe was increasingly blamed to be poisonous and got the scapegoat for all societal problems relating to alcohol consumption. The decision to officially ban the Green Fairy was made in 1908 and in 1910 the ban was implemented in the Swiss constitution. In the Netherlands (1909), United States (1912) and France (1914) Absinthe got as well prohibited. Germany followed in 1923 with Absinthe prohibition.    …Continue reading “Some facts about Absinthe Prohibition”