Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Getting Your Louche On

With so many people trying out absinthe for the first time, accessories for the ritual are in high demand. Even Hammacher Schlemmer is offering a nice kit, though you could assemble it for less from the specialty vendors.

The key, really, is having a comfortable setup so you can add as much or as little cold water and sugar as you would like-- folks aren't missing anything if all they have is a small glass and a little ice water. But paraphernalia and rituals are fun...

Absinthe glasses:

Absinthe spoons and substitutes (only if you're adding sugar): Absinthe fountains:
  • The Lucid store has the best prices I've ever seen for 2- and 4-spigot Frenchman fountains-- $135 and $185
    Update 3/28/08: Heard on a forum that the fountains are out of stock, but they expect a shipment soon of non-Frenchman reproduction fountans,
  • La Maison d'Absinthe has six fountains starting at $185,
    Update 3/25/08: They now stock a 2-spigot fountain for only $48-- might have to get one of those... though Spoon got one and says it's a little chintzy,
  • Frenchman fountains are also available from AbsintheSpoon.com,
  • Absinthe Suisse has a few glass fountains from ~$65, one also available from Absinthe.de for a bit more.
Makeshift absinthe fountains and supplies:
  • (But... do you really need a fountain?! A carafe works great and is as "authentic" as using a fountain...:)
  • Vodka infuser jars with spigots go for ~$50 or so and work great if your glasses are short enough or if you put it on a taller pedestal, plus you can have a glass shop drill holes for more spigots,
  • Spigots from aftosa from ~$7.50,
  • Spigots from InfusedVodka.com from $7,
  • The infamous Lowe's Mouthwash Dispenser on a little pedestal-- $25,
  • Make your own dripper with whatever's on hand-- I made a little MacGyver dripper ("green beret" survival skill...:) for kicks once with two yogurt cups and a length of wire,
  • And if you're really desperate and want to drip, you can always use a sink, but you'll need some ice in the glass to keep it cool.
Now go drink up!

Update: I'll keep this post around and add to it when I find more vendors and prices change. PLEASE leave a comment if you hear of any new products or vendors!

1 comment:

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