“At Gennelle, Absinthe Drinker” is a famous 1886 painting by French painter and absintheur Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
In 19th century France, ladies at the cafe sometimes drank through straws, so as to maintain an elegant demeanor. This painting is “Moulin De La Galette, Paris” ca 1904, by Dutch painter Isaac Lazarus Israels.
Absinthe tattoo in progress. Do you recognize the famous absinthe poster?
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Do you dream in green?
An unusually beautiful and elegant absinthe setup.
In the cafes of 19th century Paris, men and women enjoyed absinthe together. In modern day, the tradition continues.
This absinthe spoon was made during World War I, from brass shell casings. If you look carefully, you can see two remarkable things: firstly, the soldier who owned this spoon inscribed his initials, “P.B.”, on the handle, and secondly, the holes form the date, “1914”.
One of the most expensive pre-ban absinthe spoons ever made, “Les Feuilles #20”. It was most likely used at high-end French hotels and restaurants.
The beautiful “Les Feuilles d’Absinthe #4 Absinthe Joanne”
“The French drank absinthe with ice water and an optional piece of sugar. In America, we were all about fancy [absinthe] cocktails.” – Lucid distiller Ted Breaux
“There’s an intoxicating romance and a ceremony to absinthe that no other liquor has.” – Cooper Gillespie, general manager and head bartender at Thirsty Crow
“The flavor of absinthe is… a unique and different one for the American palette to grasp.” – Marc Bernhard of Pacific Distillery
Back in the day, absinthe was a medicine that was bottled as a concentrate, usually between 120 and 144 proof. It was delicious, and it was good for you.
Some people claim the Russian word for wormwood is chernobyl; however, this claim may very well not be true.
The green anise used in authentic absinthe is a small Mediterranean seed. It is not the star-shaped stuff that comes from Asia.
Absinthe is not the same thing as wormwood. Wormwood is a term that has been used for a long, long time to describe any of several dozen plants that fall in the Artemisia genus.
Wormwood is the 2nd most bitter herb on the planet. It has a very penetrating, bitter flavor.
People often ask me, ‘What does wormwood look like?’ I used to carry a bag of it.