Absinthe, aka The Green Fairy, is an anise flavoured liquor that was the drink of choice for many of the great artists and intellectuals in late 19th- early 20th century France. This potent liqueur was, and still is, outlawed in many countries for years following many instances of harmful effects (read deaths) of drinkers; most of which were due to overindulgence of the green spirit - plus whatever other unbeknownst potent and poisonous potions were being consumed.
Absinthe Serving Ritual:
To serve Absinthe, you’ll need an Absinthe spoon or fork, sugar cube and glass.
Pour one shot 1.5 ounces of Absinthe into a glass.
Lay your slotted spoon or fork over the glass. Place a sugar cube on top of the spoon. Drip or slowly pour 3 ounces of ice water over the sugar cube.
The Absinthe will become cloudy or “louche”. A green ring will form around the periphery of the liquid. When the green ring disappears, the Absinthe has been properly diluted.