This rare four spout fountain is a reproduction of vintage 19th century Belle Époque absinthe fountain. The lid features a rooster (France's national symbol), which is best known for use on top of the extremely rare antique absinthe fountains used to promote Absinthe Terminus (a popular 19th century French absinthe). The lid is removable to add ice water into the glass bowl, which includes an ice filter. The glass bowl is mouth-blown and the fountain is handmade.
Absinthe fountains were mostly used in high-end bars because of their expensive price tag. They were brought to the table, where the customer would 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. But unfortunately due to accidents, very few fountains have survived intact with its original glass bowl.
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 to 4 people at one 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 to 4 glasses.
- Stands 21" tall (with lid).
- Approximately 8.75" under spouts for glasses.
- Metallic plating over heavy brass.
- Mouth-Blown glass bowl.
- Glass bowl holds approx. 9 cups (2.1 liters) of water.
- Simple assembly required.
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.