There are some fancy Absinthe Glasses used for absinthe cocktails and they all have varied shapes. Drinking Absinthe is such an old tradition many don’t realise that the glass you drink it from is just as important as the way you prepare the drink. Absinthe has been made in the traditional way and it comes with a rich history of being beloved by many famous people over the years.
It was said that Picasso was a huge fan of absinthe and it inspired his unique painting style. It must be said that the ingredients (namely thuyone) which is now heavily regulated. Back when Picasso was drinking it in Europe, there was no such regulations and that is considered to be the reason why it got the name Green Fairy. Many drinkers experienced hallucinations and other interesting reactions when they ingested the drink.
Absinthe glasses are all fairly similar in shape and size but all have their own characteristics. Absinthe serving is an historic tradition in itself and you will need a few items to serve it the way it was intended. The absinthe spoon is used to hold the sugar cube. The spoon is placed across the glass of poured absinthe and is usually flat to ensure the sugar cube stays on top. Water is then dripped slowly over the top of the sugar cube to melt it slowly and it drips into the glass below.
The water usually comes from an absinthe fountain and is chilled for the best result. These fountains are beautiful to look at and some of them are now considered antiques. The idea is to dilute the absinthe as it’s not supposed to be drunk by itself. The sugar and water dilute and sweeten the drink to make it more agreeable to the palate. Many glasses can be placed around the fountains, and the drink can be enjoyed in groups.
Modern cocktails made using absinthe are made using a variety of cocktail glasses. From highballs to daiquiri glasses with a wide rim. Those drinks with lots of ingredients usually take on a tall, slim glass while those that have only one or two ingredients can be served in a much smaller glass. We find that drinks like the Earthquake go better in a Collins glass, as this gives it more impact. You can choose a garnish to suit the occasion or choose a leafy green to stick on there to add to the green allure.
The Monkey Gland has an awful name and based on that alone, not many people would want to drink it! But mixed with the orange and put into a wide rimmed glass, this type of serving gives plenty of room to put garnish around the rim.
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