Absinthe spoons, Absinthe glasses, fountains, drippers and brouillers are all collectively known as Absinthiana and are the accouterments used in the preparation of Absinthe. A person can purchase these antiques and collectibles at quite substantial amount of money.
A person unable to buy original Absinthiana can buy replicas from companies.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. In the beginning perforated cups over Absinthe glasses had been used. These spoons were pierced or slotted from which sugar and water drip into the absinthe.
Absinthe spoons or cuilleres are designed in numerous shapes and size prepared from several metals. 375 different types of Absinthe spoon are there as per Marie-Claude Delahaye conclusion.
The most common type of spoon is shaped like a trowel and is called the French Pelle and this group of cuilleres includes the pretty “les feuilles d’Absinthe” which have got Absinthe foliage designs on them. In 1889 the inauguration of the Eiffel Tower was also admired by the famous spoon design featuring the Eiffel Tower.
“les Grilles” or “Les Grillagees” means lattice which is the second group of Absinthe spoons. “Les cuilleres” is the final group which includes designs having a long handle and a cradle to hold the sugar cube.
“Les Cuilleres de Poilus” is among the most famous Absinthe spoons. French soldiers created these Cuillere spoons using the materials like 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. These spoons were created by the soldiers for their own 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. Absinthe was legalized in most countries in the 1990s after it was noted that it was no more harmful than any other strong liquor and contained only minute amounts of thujone.
The Absinthe Ritual
There is a ritual to be followed by lovers of the Green Fairy (Absinthe). To make the perfect Absinthe one will require following items
– Getting an Absinthe spoon
– An Absinthe Glass
– Need of iced water
Also there are some people who will like an Absinthe fountain, brouiller or carafe to be used for the water.
Ways of preparing Absinthe
– A person should pour approximately 25-50ml of Absinthe into his glass.
– Rest Absinthe spoon on the glass and put a sugar cube on it.
– Pour the iced water slowly onto the sugar cube. From the bottom of the glass the louche arises.
Because of insolubility of the essential oils into the water louching happens. The drink should be milky or cloudy after being finished.
The perfect ratio of water and Absinthe is between 3:1 and 5:1 according to taste.
Use of Absinthe spoons and other Absinthiana helps a person to enjoy the Absinthe ritual.