The Absinthe spoon is an essential part of the Absinthe Ritual known sometimes as La Louche. Absinthe products are generally known as Absinthiana which includes articles like Asbinthe glasses and glassware (such as carafes and fountains), drippers, brouillers and spoons or cuilleres. It is easy to buy vintage items or to purchase duplicate absinthiana. Absinthiana enables you to enjoy drinking your own Absinthe in style, in the traditional absinthe recipe approach.
Absinthe is an anise flavored alcohol made out of herbs including wormwood, aniseed and fennel. Absinthe was banned in the early 1900s due to its thujone content and claims which it caused hallucinations and drove individuals insane. There are many references to Absinthe in the paintings and writings of countless celebrities including Oscar Wilde, Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway.
Absinthe is actually now legal in lots of countries and claims that it is dangerous and toxic are already disproved.
Sorts of Absinthe spoon
Cuilleres, or Absinthe spoons, started to be utilized in Absinthe preparation in the 1880s to change perforated cups that had earlier been used to allow the glucose to dissolve in the water before dripping into the Absinthe. Absinthe spoons are perforated or slotted with openings or slots and are designed to rest on the top of an Absinthe glass.
The spoons came in a variety of dimensions and were usually crafted from silver, silver plate, nickel or chrome. Replicas these days tend to be made from stainless steel. According to the Absinthe historian Marie-Claude Delahaye, owner of an Absinthe museum, there are more than 375 different Absinthe spoons which include:-
– The French Pelle — This spoon is shaped like a trowel and the most famous spoons within this group are the pretty “Les Feuilles d’Absinthe”, using their lovely Absinthe plant foliage designs, and also the Eiffel Tower spoons which are designed to commemorate the opening of the Eiffel tower in 1889. The Pelle group of spoons is by far the most common group of spoons.
– Les Grilles or Les Grillages meaning “lattice” – This group of spoons is identified by its lattice work designs.
– Les Cuilleres – This 3rd group includes designs with a long handle and a support to hold the cube of sugar.
Absinthe was a popular drink with French soldiers, in reality French soldiers had been given Absinthe in the 19th century to treat malaria. Soldiers in the Great War created Absinthe spoons from materials which were close at hand – aluminum, shell casings, tin and brass. These types of spoons are known as “Les Cuilleres de Poilus”, a Poilu being aFrench soldier. These distinctive spoons are highly collectible antiques because they were only produced at the outset of the war – Absinthe was banned in France in 1915. These spoons are beautiful and are all different simply because they specified for by soldiers for their own private cup.
The usage of the Absinthe spoon in the Ritual
The Ritual, or perhaps La Louche, is the name directed at preparing Absinthe. In an Absinthe bar inside the Green Hour, L’heure verte, Absinthe would be served by a waiter or bar man in a large Absinthe glass. The waiter would rest a sugar cube on the slotted Absinthe spoon and use a fountain or carafe to drip cold water over the Absinthe. Once the drinking water combined in to the Absinthe the essential oils in the Absinthe caused the drink to louche, become cloudy. It is because the actual oils are soluble within alcohol but not in drinking water.
Replica Absinthe spoons and glasses can be purchased online at AbsintheKit.com along with additional items like essences to create your own standard wormwood Absinthe.