Distilleries et Domaines de Provence have lead a huge marketing program in order to promote the absinthe Absente
, that is why it is the one that we come across the most nowadays.
However, it bases its marketing on false recieved ideas : „we have taken out the dangerous molecule“ ; what a shame !
Distilleries et Domaines de Provence have been elaborating aperitifs and liqueurs for over 100 years in a „Site Remarquable du Goût“ called Forcalquier, in Haute Provence, France.
Distilleries et Domaines de Provence, founded in 1898, is the hair of a several thousand year old tradition : the gathering of medicinal plants in the mountain of Lure, known for the richness and the abundance of the species.
It is in that place and since the Middle Ages, that medicinal plant pickers have been peddling their distilled herbs that they had cautiously collected. During the XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries, these peddlers settled in many towns of the region as hardware merchants or apothecaries.
In the XIXth century, some of them became pharmacists, others distillers and a few of them became both at the same time. The specialities that they elaborated with the plants from Lure were often drinks or beverages with vertues than could be purgative, bracing, digestive, aperitive or refreshing. Wine, alcohol, maceration and distillation are ways to take their aromas and activ principals away from plants and to conserve them. It is only at the end of the century that distillers got specialized in the production of liqueurs and aperitifs.
Nowadays, this know-how has been passed on for over a hundred years whithin one society, Distilleries et Domaines de Provence, and is spreading throughout the world, to please amateurs of spirits.
- At first, savour your Absente
without any sugar (it is already sweetened). Then, according to your taste add some if you wish to.
- For one measure of absinthe (3cl), add 2 to 5 measures of fresh water.