#1 Traditional Absinthe Fountain, 4 Spout

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This fountain is the first design of today's reproduction antique absinthe fountains, hence the name "#1" fountain. Although the original antique design of the this fountain dates back to the late 1800's, this reproduction was first introduced in 2004. From the acorn finial to the waves in the mouth blown glass reservoir, this Belle Époque fountain is an exact copy of that original.

Absinthe fountains were mostly used in high-end bars because of their expensive price tag. They would have been brought to the table where the customer could prepare the absinthe himself. Absinthe fountains were (and still are) the preferred way to prepare absinthe, as one can perfectly control the rate of water--from a slow drip to a soft steady stream. Unfortunately due to accidents and other various mishaps through the years, very few antique fountains have survived intact with their original glass bowl and spouts, making them very rare and sought after.

Proper use consists of: pouring an ounce of absinthe into an absinthe glass, then placing an absinthe spoon on top of the glass and a sugar cube atop the spoon. The lid of the fountain is removed and fresh water and ice is added into the glass bowl. The spigot is slightly turned and the ice water is slowly dripped from the fountain onto the piece of sugar. The cold sugar water then drips from the spoon into the glass of absinthe releasing oils and perfuming the air with fennel, grand wormwood and anise. The combination also begins to turn milky white in color, as the water mixes with the anise. Refresh water before each use.

Fountain will accommodate 1 glass to 4 glasses at the same time. Drink ratio varies from 1 part absinthe, to between 3 to 5 parts water, depending on one's preference. California Prop 65 compliant when properly used.

  • Instructions, history of absinthe and FAQs included.
  • Accommodates 1 glass to 4 glasses at the same time.
  • Measures 20.25" (51.4 cm) tall.
  • Allows approximately 9" (22.8 cm) under each spout.
  • Metallic plating over brass.
  • Mouth Blown, clear glass bowl.
  • Glass bowl holds approx. 9 cups (2.1 liters) of water.
  • Simple assembly required.
  • Imported.
Instructions for Fountain Use:

Proper use consists of: pouring a dose of absinthe (typically an ounce) into an absinthe glass, placing an absinthe spoon across its rim, and adding a sugar cube(s) atop the spoon. The amount of sugar used is subject to one's preference. Situate the glass, so the sugar is located directly underneath a spout. Remove the fountain's lid to add fresh water and ice into the glass globe. Always add room temperature water first to the fountain before slowly adding ice. Using room temperature water is essential, as adding icy water or ice first can cause thermal shock, which could crack the glass. Replace the lid. With a slight turn of the spigot key, the cold water will begin to slowly drip onto the sugar cube below and into the glass of absinthe. To fully open the spigot, turn the spigot key parallel to the fountain arm, allowing the water to flow, creating a gentle stream. The water mixing with the herbs in the absinthe releases various oils and begins to perfume the air with the smell of fennel and anise. The combination will turn milky white as the water reacts with the anise. Add water and sugar to your taste. Stir, and drink.

The amount of water and sugar is subject to your liking. You can compare this process to preparing a coffee. Some people like their coffee sweeter or with more milk than others. You make your absinthe to your preference. Absinthe-to-water ratios vary depending on the absinthe, the amount of absinthe used, and your taste preference. A general rule of thumb is 1 part absinthe, to between 3 to 5 parts water.

After use, allow the water and glass globe to adjust to room temperature. For cleanup: pour any remaining water out, remembering to open all spouts where water will remain. Place the fountain upside down onto a bar towel, allow it to dry overnight. If only water is used, there is no further cleaning necessary. Refresh water before each use.

Our fountains have been tested with water before leaving the factory and again inspected in our warehouses before shipping. Upon receiving your fountain, we suggest hand washing the globe with soap and room temperature water and running water through the spouts before using. Do not use hot water. Do not wash in the dishwasher. California Prop 65 compliant when properly used.

Please do not hesitate to write or call if you have any questions.

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  • 5
    Haven't been able to find fault.

    Posted by Greg Tanner on Jul 26th 2020

    As is my habit, l did a fair amount of research into available absinthe fountains before committing to purchase, especially as whatever l ended up purchasing would need to be sent half way around the world to my home in Brisbane Australia. I had read various alerts on different websites as to the dubious quality of some fountains, so did have a little trepidation in choosing a fountain.......however, my fears were unfounded as the fountain arrived in very good order and exceeded my expectations - perhaps those alerts on other websites are just a marketing ploy........ Several friends have passed admiring comments on the quality and presentation of the product and l have happily directed them to Maison Absinthe. A birthday present for my wife, who is a very happy recipient.