Distilleries et Domaines De Provence – A true French Absinthe November 22, 2018 – Posted in: Absinthe

All true absinthe’s are bitter to some degree (due to the presence of absinthe, extracted from the wormwood) and are therefore

usually served with the addition of sugar. This not only counters the bitterness, but in well made absinthe’s seems also to

subtly improve the herbal flavor-profile of the drink.

The classic French absinthe ritual involves placing a sugar cube on a flat perforated spoon, which rests on the rim of the glass

containing a measure or “dose” of absinthe. Iced water is then very slowly dripped on to the sugar cube, which gradually

dissolves and drips, along with the water, into the absinthe, causing the green liquor to louche (“loosh”) into an opaque

opalescent white as the essential oils precipitate out of the alcoholic solution. Usually three to four parts water are added to

one part of 68% absinthe. Historically, true absintheur’s used to take great care in adding the water, letting it fall drop by single

drop onto the sugar cube, and then watching each individual drip cut a milky swathe through the peridot-green absinthe below.

Seeing the drink gradually change color was part of its ritualistic attraction.


Part of the advantage of using an absinthe fountain was that you could add ice cubes to the water to keep it cold, and some carafes had a chamber for ice as well.