Lady Absinthe Fountain with Wings, 2 Spout
Now you can have a visit from the Green Fairy herself with this winged Lady Absinthe Fountain. Absinthe has commonly referred to as "la fee verte" (the green fairy) for over a century because of its greenish hue. Although not a reproduction of a vintage Belle Époque absinthe fountain, these lady designs are perhaps our most popular fountain.
The lid is adorned with the classic "pineapple" finial and is removable to add ice water into the glass bowl, which includes a water filter, which keeps ice from clogging the spouts. The pineapple represents hospitality and friendship. 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 2 glasses. 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 2 glasses.
- Measures 17.5" (44.5 cm) tall (with lid).
- Allows approximately 8" (20.3 cm) under spouts for glasses.
- Metallic plating over brass.
- Mouth-Blown, clear glass bowl.
- Glass bowl holds approx. 6.5 cups (1.5 liters) of water.
- Simple assembly required.
Posted by Bill Barrow on Jan 22nd 2018
I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with this purchase. My wife was likewise impressed. The entire piece is well made and sturdy. In fact it is quite heavy and sits well on our bar. It looks great. The weight of our unit is 4 pounds 9.9 ounces and that is after it's unpackaged. The unit comes well packaged in three parts, the metal base with sculpture, the clear glass bowl with metal bottom that screws to the base and the metal cap that sits in the top of the bowl that is rimmed with a metal ring. Everything fits well. There is nothing plastic about this unit ladies and gentlemen. One thing that I liked was the fact that the two spouts are actually welded to the metal base of the glass bowl; it's all one piece. Both spouts work very well and allow the dispensing of water either as drips or a small flow; just as described on the website. That allows one to bring la fee verte to life in a time frame that suits their fancy while they watch her ethereal dance unfold. We have used our unit twice to prepare excellent absinthe drinks in the beautiful Pontarlier Absinthe Glasses that we also purchased from Maison Absinthe and it works very well. I had been making absinthe drinks without a fountain previously but I can say that this takes my bar-tending to a totally different dimension, perhaps into the Belle Époque. As described, the unit came with care and use instructions as well as a two page description of absinthe, along with FAQ's and instructions on how to prepare a traditional French/Swiss absinthe. I would highly recommend this unit. It is most definitely un objet d'art. Merci bien Maison Absinthe. Perhaps the next time my wife and I are in Baton Rouge we can come by and visit your establishment.