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 – from an aroma and taste perspective, it helps to slowly set different flavours bound in pure absinthe, free. It’s also the only accessory which can guarantee a precise and smooth drip of the iced water.
The history of absinthe fountains
We don’t know exact dates, but absinthe or water fountains came about when absinthe reached a high level of popularity in France. Especially in bistros you would find a fountain decorating a table for groups of people. Though water carafes were probably even more common at this time, people knew of the benefit and beauty of absinthe fountains.
The perhaps only contemporary photo of an absinthe fountain in use (on the right). If you take a closer look, you’ll be able to spot a few more absinthiana: On the table on the left, you will see an absinthe carafe, and a gentleman holding an absinthe spoon.
By the way, water fountains were even used after absinthe was banned – its ritual had become so popular, that fountains and even absinthe spoons were used for Pastis and other absinthe substitutes.
We spotted this selection of antique absinthe and pastis fountains at the antiques market at the Absinthiades in Pontarlier. It’s amazing to browse around the different stalls, and to find some real, antique treasures!
Absinthe fountains today
Absinthe fountains are on a huge come back, with metal fountains being the favourites of most absintheurs as they offer the closest resemblance to antique fountains. The models we’re most proud of are our Antique fountains, replicas of what water fountains used to look like ‘back in the days’.
Glass fountains are slightly less popular, probably due to the fact that their use isn’t anchored as much into the history of absinthe than metal fountains. They are still pretty however, and as oppose to metal fountains, easier to transport due to their weight, and slightly easier to clean.
Our glass fountain called ‘Absinthe Fountain Tube‘, with a great feature no other glass fountain offers: A built-in absinthe spoon holder!
There are pros and cons for each type of absinthe fountain, it’s probably up to you to decide which one suits your taste best. Feel free to share your thoughts on what kind of fountain you prefer with us – either via a comment below, or via Facebook!