February 22, 2013 by Diniquette
I am totally obsessed with Paris, especially the Golden Age of Paris. So todays Fun Fact is for all of my Bohemians…..
Absinthe: A highly alcoholic anise flavored spirit made from wormwood, green anise, sweet fennel and other medicinal botanicals. It rose to popularity in France in the late 19th Century/early 20th Century; particularly among Parisian artists such as: Hemingway, Oscar Wilde and Toulouse-Lautrec.
Preparation: Traditionally it is prepared by placing a sugar cube on a specially designed slotted spoon, then placing the spoon over a glass that already contains a shot of Absinthe. Iced water is then dripped over the sugar cube so that the Absinthe now has equal distribution of sugar and water. The final outcome should be 1 part Absinthe, 3-5 parts water. The water helps the anise and fennel release its full potential, or bloom, and that’s what causes the cloudeness…and it should be cloudy.
Bohemian preparation: the Bohemians did the basic set up, but instead of pouring water over the sugar cube, they first soaked the sugar in alcohol and then lit it on fire. They dropped the lit cube into the Absinthe so the whole thing is in flames. They then poured ice water over it to put out the fire. This method, allegedly, produces a stronger drink….(you gotta love those Bohemians).
So the next time you’re in Paris, find an old Speakeasy and have a go at “the green fairy”….but if you wind up having visions of Cole Porter playing the piano, you’ve had too much.