Our absinthe sets highlight some of our most popular items, and at a heavily discounted price. Set includes everything shown, which consists of all the items needed to properly prepare a traditional French/Swiss absinthe, as it was made over a hundred years ago.
This set includes :
- Traditional Absinthe Fountain with 2 Spouts - This fountain is an exact reproduction of a late 19th century, Belle Epoque absinthe fountain. The lid is adorned with the classic "pineapple" finial and is removable to add water and ice to the glass globe, which includes a water filter. The glass globe is mouth blown and the fountain is completely handmade. Each spout can be turned to add the smallest of drips of water to a gentle stream.
- Absinthe Glasses - Please choose your set of from drop-down menu from above.
- Choice #1 - Pontarlier Traditionnel Absinthe Glasses (set of 2). Machine made (Default)
- Choice #2 - Pontarlier Traditionnel Absinthe Glasses, Uncut (set of 2). Mouth-blown
- Choice #3 - Coupe Absinthe Glasses (set of 2). Mouth-blown.
- Choice #4 - Torsadé Absinthe Glasses (set of 2). Machine made.
- Absinthe Spoons - This set includes 2 of our most popular absinthe spoons. Stainless steel.
Includes one of each of the following:
- Wormwood Absinthe Spoon
- Toulouse Lautrec Absinthe Spoon
- Porcelain Bistro Saucers (coasters) - Each saucer features a hand-painted accents/lines.
Includes one of each of the following:
- 75 Cts, Red/Silver, with Lines
- 1f85, Black/Silver, with Lines
- Wrapped Sugar Cubes - This package of European made sugar contains 40 cubes (20 packets).
- A brief history of absinthe, FAQ's and step-by-step instructions how to prepare a traditional French/Swiss absinthe.
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.