Fun Fact Friday: Absinthe

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April 4, 2014 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…

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