Author: Stefanie

15 most popular absinthes of 2016

At the start of every new year, we like to look back at our most popular absinthe brands of the last year. That’s what we’ve done 2017 as well!

Today there exist quite a few different absinthe brands, which makes the choice a little bit hard sometimes. Our list of the 15 Top Selling Absinthes of 2016 can help you with your choice.

The best absinthes are not only produced in France or Switzerland, but also in Great Britain, Sweden or Czech Republic.

So here we are: a list of the 15 favorite absinthes of our customers!

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

 

15. Absinthe Adnams Rouge

Absinth Adnams Rouge

 

Characteristics:

Adnams Rouge is one of the very few red absinthes. The color is obtained entirely naturally from hibiscus flowers.

A complex and floral absinth with a pretty rose louche.

Learn more about Absinthe Adnams Rouge.

 

 

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A look back at the opening of the new absinthe shop in Freiburg ‘Alte Apotheke’

Last Saturday (17th December 2016) we officially opened our new absinthe shop in the heart of Freiburg, in the Black Forest, Germany. We have to admit to a certain amount of pride at how Die Alte Apotheke – The Old Pharmacy – has turned out after months of preparation.

Now we have the opportunity to introduce a lot more people to our favorite beverage, and to be able to enchant our visitors with the absinthe ritual in person. For us it’s important that everyone who comes through our doors can learn about absinthe – as much as they want to, that is – and gets the best advice possible from one of us.

With this goal in mind, we started the great task of how our shop would look, and deciding which absinthe to present (the answer – only what we would drink ourselves). Once that was decided, the the real work started: restoring and decorating the pharmacy and its beautiful original furniture within the space of only a couple of weeks.

Store from the outside
Our store from the outside.

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Christmas Holiday 2016-2017 – Order dates & Customer Service

For European customers: If you want to receive your parcel before New Year’s Eve, make sure to order before midday, December 22nd 2016.

All orders placed before this date will be sent out before December 24th 2016.

Our team is on holiday between December 24th 2016 and January 1st 2017. Of course, you can place orders as usual during this time, but they will only be dispatched starting January 2nd 2017.

Any emails or queries received after December 23rd will be replied to starting January 2nd 2017.

All the team at Absinthes.com wishes you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

Friendly greetings from Alfred, Andrew, Marion, Miriam and Stefanie

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Christmas with Absinthe – gift ideas and more

The Christmas season is one of the most beautiful times of year for me. The first snow falls, you meet your friends at the Christmas market and enjoy the first mulled wine together: where I live, in Freiburg, there is a wonderful traditional German Weihnachtsmarkt. If I’m lucky, when I get home I am greeted by the lovely smell of freshly made cookies, meaning my boyfriend has been baking for me.

The only stressful part is the search for the perfect Christmas presents for my loved ones.

To make your search a little bit easier, we put together a selection of Christmas gift ideas. We offer a wide range of gift sets with absinthe, high quality spirits, accessories and much more. If you’re looking for a special gift idea, then Absinthes.com is the right place for you.

We also have a delicious Absinthe Eggnog recipe that fits perfectly with the Christmas season.

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Our weekend at the Absinthiades 2016

Every year on the first weekend of October, absinthe lovers, distillers, sellers, authors, historians and collectors from all over the world come together in Pontarlier, France, for the Absinthiades.

These were already the 3rd Absinthiades that I attended, together with our team from Absinthes.com. Almost our whole team went to Pontarlier this year. Of course, I cannot compare 3 times with the number of times Andrew already attended 🙂

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We are arriving in Pontarlier.

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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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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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