Carefully curated spirits

I love absinthe, that much is clear.

I have a confession to make though. I enjoy other drinks than absinthe too. Sometimes the evening mood simply suits a Manhattan, so I reach for the red vermouth, a bottle of rye, and a red, kirsch-soaked cherry. And a dash of cocktail bitters.

Manhattan Cocktails - bourbon rye
Manhattan

Or a Negroni cocktail, made from gin, Campari and sweet vermouth in equal parts.

Sometimes after dinner, the best thing is to enjoy something fine and old: an argmagnac, a cognac, or a calvados.

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Fête de l’Absinthe 2016

There is almost nothing better for absinthe lovers than spending the whole weekend sharing different bottles of absinthe and talking with friends from all over the world about our favorite spirit.

If this sounds like it’s your cup of tea – or rather – absinthe, then you should definitely come to the Fête de l’Absinthe in Boveresse, Switzerland next year!

This little absinthe festival is held annually in the middle of June in the Val-de-Travers, the birthplace of absinthe.

There was no way our team was going to miss out on this year’s absinthe festival.

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I’ll tell you about what we’ve been up to every day of the weekend:

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Perfect Summer Long Drinks with Pastis and Absinthe

Sitting under a palm tree shaded from the Mediterranean sun, enjoying a peaceful moment, glass of pastis in hand. Sitting by the side of a pool with a mojito. Paradise.

Ok, we may not be able to transport you to the south of France, but wherever you are in the world, we can send you the finest refreshing summer drinks France has to offer. There is nothing better than that on a warm summer day.

We’ve put together a selection of delicious and easy-to-prepare cocktail recipes for you. They can be prepared with the absinthe and syrups made by Combier, a distiller and syrup maker with over a century of experience.

 

Our selection of long drinks and summer cocktails for 2016

Surprise your friend with a refreshing long drink or cocktail! There are some classic cocktails, as well as some rather new creations in our selection.

Artemisia

Artemisia Cocktail
Realized by Lou Serafini (Hotel 5* Le Burgundy, Paris)

 

Add all ingredients (except for the tonic water) to a cocktail shaker. Shake briefly and let it rest for 1 minute. Add ice cubes and shake again. Strain into a cocktail glass and fill up with tonic water. Garnish with some dill.

 

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Awen Nature – an organic absinthe distillery

In the small town Chevaigné in Brittany, France, Julien Fanny has founded the Awen Nature distillery, realizing a longstanding dream of his.

He produces the first, high quality organic spirits in Brittany. This includes, among others, 4 absinthes and one ‘almost-liqueur’ flavored using verbena , that we are now proud to offer you in our shop.

Today you’ll learn more about the small distillery, Julien’s bond with nature and tradition, and his use of traditional production methods. And most importantly – Julien’s willingness to experiment and innovate – of the 4 absinthes released by Awen Nature, 3 of them use completely innovative plants to give them colour: Saffron, Verbena and something wild and secret Julien would not share with us!

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Julien Fanny with the copper bain marie stills and his organic spirits

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Presentation: the Svensk Absint distillery.

In a small town in Sweden, something special is going on. Using wild-foraged and home-grown herbs, made on an absolutely tiny scale, two new absinthes are being distilled: Grön Opal, and Vit Opal are these absinthes.

Today we take a first look at these brand new artisan spirits, and speak to the two makers about how they ended up setting out on the grand adventure of starting up a distillery, and some of the hurdles they faced along the way.

 

The history and development of the distillery

Back in 2009, two friends, Mikael Norell and Tomas Runnquist, decided to set up a distillery.

After overcoming many administrative barriers, they ran series of test distillations. In May 2014, the results of their hard work was ready: the recipe for Absinthe Grön Opal and the Absinthe Vit Opal was finalised. In 2015, Absinthes.com made these two absinthes available to people the world over.

Mikael Norell and Tomas Runnquist
Mikael Norell and Tomas Runnquist

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15 most popular absinthes of 2015

100 years after the absinthe ban, 2015 was a good year for absinthe (the release of Swedish Vit and Grön Opal absinthes, Absinthe Apocalypse, Absinthe du Centenaire). Next year might be even better – who knows what the best absinthe of 2016 will be?

At the start of every new year, we like to draw up a list of our most popular absinthe brands. We know a lot of absinthe fans are curious to see the results.  So here we are: a list of the 15 Top Selling Absinthes of 2015.

Discover where your favourite absinthes come in the list!

Let the countdown begin! Let’s start with number 15.

 

15. Absinthe Butterfly

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What makes this absinthe so interesting?

Inspired by an American absinthe from the early 1900s, Butterfly Absinthe has a complex aroma with notes of citrus (lemon and mandarin), spices and mint.

Alongside this exotic profile, the scent of wormwood from the Val-de-Travers is powerful and unmistakeable.

Learn more about Absinthe Butterfly.

 

 

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Absinthiades 2015 – Once again, the weekend went by way too fast!

Dear absinthe lovers,

We’re back from an eventful weekend.

For the 15th year, the Absinthiades were held in Pontarlier last weekend. And this year was quite special: it was the 100th anniversary of the absinthe ban in France. From Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, absinthe distillers, sellers, historians, authors, collectors and absinthe freaks (we include ourselves among them) were reunited in Pontarlier.

It was the best Absinthiades for a long time. A long and exciting weekend, I prefer to talk about each day separately.

Friday, 10/02/2015

We stopped working earlier than usual and around 1:00 pm we headed towards Pontarlier.

Rather than stay in our usual hotel, we thought it was high time for change. And we found the perfect place, absolutely appropriate for an absinthe-tinged weekend: A turn of the century apartment complete with beautiful wooden and glass panelling inside. A belle-epoque treat! After we arrived, we dropped our bags and rushed over to where the action happens: the Théâtre Bernard Blier. And inside awaiting us, the facade of the Grand Café Georges: re-erected to resurrect the green hour, for just one weekend each year.

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All the absinthes competing during the Absinthiades 2015.

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