Absinthe History

Discover the history of absinthe and learn about its roots, where it was most popular, why it was banned, and what made it come back after almost 80 years!

The 6 kinds of absinthe spoons

In a couple of previous articles “From 50mm to 2150mm: A review of absinthe spoons” and “The origins of absinthe spoons“, we had already dived into the world of absinthe spoons, their origins, how they’re meant to be used, their classifications and a few key numbers, but we hadn’t really talked about the different kinds of spoons that existed back in the good old days.

An absinthe spoon is the most emblematic and unavoidable accessory of the true absinthe ritual from the Belle Époque.

In David Nathan-Maister’s book “The Absinthe Encyclopedia” and on the “Musée Virtuel de l’Absinthe”, absinthe spoons are classified in 6 different categories.

 

Absinthe spoons are often at the center of an absinthe ritual gathering

If we closer analyze the spoons which were used to hold the piece of sugar, we see 6 different kinds, to which we can add the Toulouse-Lautrec spoon, a very controversial spoon among French collectors. Was it really the spoon of Lautrec? Has the painter designed it himself? Does it really show his monogram? The doubt remains…

Here you will find a little summary of the main 6 categories of absinthe spoons. We won’t talk about the seventh one which is still a big mystery for us.

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Maison de l’Absinthe: the new absinthe museum in Switzerland

The history of absinthe is full of sudden new developments, from its rapidly rising popularity and becoming France’s most popular drink, to its prohibition at the beginning of the twentieth century and then its unexpected comeback a few years ago. This history is deeply interwoven with that of the Val-de-Travers, Switzerland. It is precisely there in a small city named Môtiers that the “Maison de l’Absinthe”, an absinthe museum, opened its doors for the first time in July 2014.

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Absinthe Fountains and their history

Absinthe fountains – a both beautiful and useful accessory, some even say it’s a must-have item in every absinthe bar. We all love how the water drips slowly from the taps into your absinthe glass, how the steady drops hit the absinthe’s surface and slowly create a cloudy and opaque drink. The beautiful louche effect is one aspect of what makes an absinthe fountain a precious accessory – (more…)

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Absinthe and Thujone

Hardly any other drink in the world has had such a tumultuous history as Absinthe.  Once considered to be a mystical drink with legendary medicinal powers, the green fairy’s popularity – called so lovingly by Absinthe’s many consumers – slowly developed until it became the national drink of the French by the 19th century.  But the drink’s decline soon ensued after its glorious reign.  Absinthe was forbidden in most European countries, as well as the USA, between 1910 and 1915.  With the law forbidding transport of absinthe (RGBl. I S. 257) that came into passing on April 27, 1923, the prohibition of absinthe in Germany and Austria then followed suit.

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