Absinthe spoons,Absinthe glasses, fountains, drippers and brouillers are all collectively known as Absinthiana and are the accoutrements used in the preparation of Absinthe. The price of such antiques and collectibles are quite substantial because of highly valued original items.
If you cannot afford original Absinthiana then you can buy replicas from companies such as AbsintheKit.To prepare the perfect Absinthe in style one can visit AbsintheKit.com.
Types of Absinthe Spoons
Absinthe spoons, cuilleres, were introduced in the 1880s to make Absinthe preparation easier. Previously perforated cups over Absinthe glasses had been used. These spoons were pierced or slotted from which sugar and water drip into the absinthe.
Different metal are used to make different shapes and size of Absinthe spoons. 375 different types of Absinthe spoon are there as per Marie-Claude Delahaye conclusion.
The French Pelle is the most common type of spoon shaped like a trowel which includes the pretty “les feuilles d’Absinthe”. In 1889 the opening of the Eiffel Tower was commemorated by the famous spoon having the design of the Eiffel Tower.
One can also get the second group of Absinthe spoons known as “les Grilles” or “Les Grillagees”. “Les cuilleres” are the third type which includes designs with a long handle and a cradle for holding sugar cubes.
“Les Cuilleres de Poilus” is considered as one of the most popular Absinthe spoons. A Poilu was a French soldier from the Great War and these Cuillere spoons were fashioned by soldiers at war using materials which were close at hand – shell casings, aluminum, tin and brass. These spoons were only made at the start of the war because Absinthe was banned in France in 1915. Soldiers designed these spoons according to their drinking cups. Today these beautiful and unique spoons are categorized as highly collectible antiques.
Absinthe was banned because of the alleged psychedelic and psychoactive effects of thujone, the chemical found in the herb wormwood which is a major ingredient in Absinthe. In the 1990s Absinthe was given right in most countries because it was known that Absinthe was not dangerous for anyone.
The Absinthe Ritual
There is a ritual to be followed by lovers of the Green Fairy (Absinthe). Following things are needed to make the perfect Absinthe
– Importance of an Absinthe spoon
– Buying an Absinthe Glass
– Iced Water
Some people would also say that an Absinthe fountain, brouiller or carafe should be used for the water.
How to prepare the Absinthe
– Pour approximately 25-50ml of Absinthe into your glass.
– After resting Absinthe spoon on the glass place a cube of sugar on it.
– Pour the iced water slowly onto the sugar cube. The louche is visible from the bottom of the glass.
Louching or clouding is caused because of non mixing nature of the essential oils in water. The drink should be milky or cloudy after being finished.
Depending on taste the ratio of water and Absinthe should lie between 3:1 and 5:1.
Using Absinthe spoons and other Absinthiana makes the Absinthe ritual full of fun.