Absinthe? August 14 2015

The Absinthe Drinker by Viktor Oliva (1861-1928)


Isn't it strange how people are drawn to things that are, or were, banned or illegal? Banned in the 1900s and legalized close to a century later (2007 in the USA), absinthe - better known as the Green Fairy and for its rumoured (but unsubstantiated) hallucinogenic properties - is making a comeback. In Ottawa, we even have a restaurant named after the drink. So would you be surprised to hear we sell something for this mystical drink?

Absinthe FountainWhen I first added the Absinthe Fountain to Givopoly, it was the first time I ever heard about it. I did some research and found using an absinthe fountain was the traditional and proper way to enjoy the absinthe drink. Not a fountain filled with absinthe, but with ice water, slowly dripped over a sugar cube on an absinthe spoon into a shot of absinthe in a glass. Three parts water to one part absinthe, with one sugar cube.

The ritual of making the drink this way is beautiful and strangely calming as the louche effect turns the drink a milky colour -- at the same time, likely necessary since the alcohol content of absinthe can be anywhere from 45%-75%. It's no wonder it was popular with artists like Vincent van Gogh and Oscar Wilde, with the aesthetics this drink embodies.

Today, it is enjoyed by a wide age range, from those in their late-twenties to mid-sixties, with the traditional method most popular with world-travelers between 40-65 who have tried it abroad. It is also popular with some circles of the steampunk community for its deep history and background, according to The Pandora Society in Ohio.

Thinking about sending the absinthe fountain as a gift? It will surely be well-received by absinthe aficionados and home entertainers.