The Principles of Pouring

The satirical journals of the day delighted in mocking the pretensions of absintheurs, and the intricacies of the absinthe ritual. A particular point of amusement was the tendency of experienced absinthe drinkers to hold the carafe as high as possible above the glass, so as to battre (batter) the absinthe.

Bon Marche 1901.

A lewd postcard demonstrates an unconventional way of watering an absinthe! The mischievous lady of ‘easy virtue’ is using her douche to top up an unsuspecting clients absinthe.