Absinthe spoon

The Absinthe spoon is an important part of the Absinthe Practice known sometimes as La Louche. Absinthe devices are generally known as Absinthiana which includes articles like Asbinthe glasses and glass wares (such as carafes and fountains), drippers, brouillers as well as spoons or cuilleres. It’s possible to buy vintage items or to purchase reproduction absinthiana. Absinthiana allows you to enjoy drinking the Absinthe in style, in the traditional absinthe-recipe way.

Absinthe is an anise flavored alcohol created using herbs including wormwood, aniseed and fennel. Absinthe has been banned during the early 1900s due to its thujone content and claims which it caused hallucinations and drove people insane. There are several references to Absinthe in the paintings and writings of countless celebrities including Oscar Wilde, Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway.

Absinthe is now legal in lots of countries and claims it is dangerous and toxic are already disproved.

Types of Absinthe spoon

Cuilleres, or Absinthe spoons, began to be used in Absinthe preparation in the 1880s to change perforated cups that had formerly been used to allow the sugars to dissolve in the water prior to dripping into the Absinthe. Absinthe spoons are perforated or slotted with holes or slots and are built to rest on the top of an Absinthe cup.

The spoons came in a variety of sizes and were usually crafted from silver, silver plate, pennie or chrome. Replicas nowadays tend to be made from stainless steel. According to the Absinthe historian Marie-Claude Delahaye, owner of an Absinthe museum, there are more than 375 different Absinthe spoons including:-

– The French Pelle – This spoon is shaped like a trowel and the most popular spoons on this group are the pretty “Les Feuilles d’Absinthe”, with their lovely Absinthe plant foliage designs, as well as the Eiffel Tower spoons which were made to commemorate the opening of the Eiffel tower in 1889. The Pelle group of spoons is certainly the most popular group of spoons.

– Les Grilles or Les Grillages meaning “lattice” – This group of spoons is identified by its lattice work designs.

– Les Cuilleres – This third group includes designs having a long handle and a holder to hold the cube of sugar.

Absinthe was a popular beverage with French soldiers, actually French soldiers had been supplied with Absinthe in the 19th century to take care of malaria. Troops in the Great War made Absinthe spoons from materials which were readily available – aluminum, shell support frames, tin and brass. These spoons are referred to as “Les Cuilleres de Poilus”, a Poilu being aFrench soldier. These unique spoons are highly collectible antiques because they were only produced at the outset of the war – Absinthe was banned in France in 1915. These spoons are gorgeous and therefore are all different since they were designed by soldiers for their own personal cup.

The usage of the Absinthe spoon in the Ritual

The Ritual, or La Louche, is the name provided to preparing Absinthe. In an Absinthe bar in the Green Hour, L’heure verte, Absinthe would be served by a waiter or bar man in a large Absinthe glass. The waiter would rest a sugar cube over a slotted Absinthe spoon and use a fountain or carafe to drip iced water over the Absinthe. Once the water combined in to the Absinthe the essential oils in the Absinthe caused the drink to louche, become cloudy. This is due to the particular oils are soluble within alcohol but not in water.

Replica Absinthe spoons and glasses can be purchased online at AbsintheKit.com along with additional items such as essences to make your own traditional wormwood Absinthe.