In many ways, drinking absinthe is a very different experience from drinking other types of alcohol. For example, many types of alcohol make the drinker woozy and fog his or her mind. However, when it comes to authentic absinthe, many people say that a glass served in the traditional way brings mental clarity to their creative endeavors. Remember, absinthe contains herbs and was originally used a medicine.
Back in the day, absinthe was taken everywhere by the French… even to their colonies. The French title reads, “Leisure Hours in the Colonies”
We recommend trying different water to absinthe ratios until you discover the ratio that gives you the best taste. Since taste is subjective, the ideal ratio is different for everybody, but generally it’s somewhere between 3-5 parts water for every 1 part Lucid.
Could you figure out how to prepare Lucid Absinthe without a spoon, fountain, or balancier? Watch these two college students do a great job figuring it out.
Here is a good example of how not to pour Lucid. The iced water in this video is being poured too quickly for a proper louche, which means that the absinthe will not release all of its flavor and will not taste as complex as it should. In addition, we do not recommend using this many sugar cubes.
Want a drink that will give you a real kick? Then say hello to the Red Fairy. Lucid + Red Bull + sugar. Recipe here:
Paul Verlaine is one of the most famous and talented French Symbolist poets.
It was said by some that he never wrote a bad line. He loved absinthe and drank it often. Instead of saying hello, he was known to introduce himself by saying “I take sugar with it.”
Here is a photo of Verlaine drinking absinthe in the Café François 1er. The photograph was taken in 1892 by Paul Marsan Dornac. It looks much better when clicked on and viewed at a larger resolution.
Verlaine was immortalized by his painter friends, who painted portraits of him during various stages in his life. Below is a portrait of Verlaine painted by Eugène Carrière. Verlaine was also painted by Frédéric-Auguste Cazals, Théophile Alexandre Steinlen, Henri Fantin-Latour, Antonio de la Gándara, and Gustave Courbet.
Paul Verlaine (1844-1896), French Symbolist poet:
“For me, my glory is a humble, ephemeral Absinthe.”