This Balancier Absinthe Set is intended to bring you everything needed to drink a traditional French/Swiss absinthe, all in one purchase. The set includes all of the items pictured above. We’ve carefully selected these items from our most popular accessories to represent an absinthe setup that you’ll be proud to use and display.
While the set doesn’t include absinthe, you can easily add one by clicking the drop-down menu located to the right of the photo. Note that the set price will change based on the price of the absinthe you add.
Balancier – Single Service Dripper
This Balancier (commonly referred to as a See-Saw Dripper) is a device used to add water and sugar to your absinthe. The dripper is positioned on top of the glass, the absinthe spoon is laid across the rim of the glass and a sugar cube is placed atop the spoon. Ice water is slowly poured into the dripper from the carafe and water begins to pass from a small hole at the bottom of the reservoir. The water streams onto the lever which creates a see-saw motion dispensing the water onto the sugar cube, thus falling into the glass of absinthe.
The wire legs can be carefully bent to accommodate a variety size of glasses.
Carafes were the most common way to add water to absinthe before the 1915 French ban. At that time, two things were regularly found on bistro tables—a carafe and a match strike. As most people at the time smoked (pipes or cigars), match strikes held matches, and carafes were used to hold and serve water. Both items typically featured some form of advertising.
In preparing a traditional absinthe, the proper technique is to slowly drip water onto the sugar cube until the sugar has completely dissolved. During this process, it is common to add a little water then pause and allow the sugar to absorb the water, and then repeat until you reach your desired amount of sugar. It is during this process that oils within the absinthe are released and begin to perfume the air. This Loop Carafe actually magnifies the advertising text when water is added, much like a magnifying glass. The colder the water, the better.
The absinthe glass is a reproduction of the famous Pontarlier Absinthe Glass featured in the Pernod & Fils advertisement which included the hometown newspaper from Pontarlier, France. The glass got its name from the newspaper in the ad. This glass is our most popular absinthe glass.
The absinthe spoon included is a replica of one of the most utilized absinthe spoons in the 19th century, the Les Croix (Crosses) Absinthe Spoon. This spoon features a series of 8 cross cut outs and 18 small circles, which allow for the sugar water to pass through the spoon.
Wrapped Sugar Cubes
All of the ornate devices that are part of the absinthe ritual were intended for one purpose only -- to add sugar water to absinthe. Our European made sugar cubes are the same found in cafés and bistros throughout Europe. Each packet contains 2 medium-fine, European-sized white sugar cubes. Our wrapped sugar cubes are the perfect way to sweeten your absinthe.
(Your selected Absinthe, if chosen)
|Balancier (See-Saw Dripper)
Measures approximately 5" (12.5 cm) tall.
Mouth measures approximately 3" (7.5 cm) in diameter.
Holds approximately 4 oz (.12 L).
Wire legs can be carefully bent to accommodate a variety of glasses.
|Loop Absinthe Carafe
Measures approximately 9" (22.86 cm) tall.
Base measures approximately 4.25" (10.8 cm) in diameter.
Holds approximately 25 fl oz (.73 L).
Hand wash only.
Mouth-Blown, clear glass.
|Pontarlier Absinthe Glass
Glasses are mouth blown
Measures 7.5" tall x 3.25" base diameter
Reservoir measures approx. 1.35 oz. (40 ml.)
Holds 10 oz. (30 cl.)
|Les Croix (Crosses) Absinthe Spoon
Measures 6.25" (15.9 cm)
Spoon will not tarnish
Package includes 20 packets (40 sugar cubes)
Each packet contains two European size sugar cubes
Packets measure 1.25" long x 5/8" wide x 3/8" high
Imported from Europe