Joined: Jan 23, 2011
From: Tampa Bay
|Posted: 2011-01-28 2:14 pm  Permalink|
I bought a 100 ml bottle a year or so ago of this stuff:
Joined: Mar 08, 2010
|Posted: 2011-01-28 3:24 pm  Permalink|
The key word there is "liqueur." Grande Absente is an artificially-colored absinthe with sugar added, making it a liqueur as opposed to genuine absinthe, which has no sugar added and is usually naturally colored (if it is a verte) by the chlorophyll extracted from natural herbs like petite wormwood, hyssop, and melissa. It's not the worst stuff out there, but there are many better brands. Of course, since they are imported or produced by craft distillers, they cost a little more.
[ This Message was edited by: Mr. Moto 2011-01-28 15:26 ]
Joined: Apr 24, 2008
From: Renton, WA
|Posted: 2011-01-30 09:53 am  Permalink|
The only bar I've found in Seattle which has a fountain and knows how to use it offers only Lucid and Grand Absente; this being Deluxe Tavern at the north end of Broadway. Hopefully they'll get other brands. My preferred cocktail bar, Zig Zag, offers seven or eight absinthes, but tells me they never got a fountain because few people order it. I'm told people there generally order it neat...? Can Can calls itself an absinthe bar, but I haven't been yet.
Guess considering the state liquor stores mainly carry only Lucid, Absente/Grand Absente, Le Tourment Verte and Pacifique, I know which one I'm buying. Thanks, Mr. Moto!
Joined: Apr 25, 2009
From: Upstate New York
|Posted: 2011-02-01 05:05 am  Permalink|
My wife and I bought a bottle of Lucid absinthe, and have been working our way through a copy of the book "Absinthe Cocktails" by Kate Simon. The brand was well-rated in the book and has worked out well. Despite the hefty price of the bottle (50$ +) most recipes call for significantly less than one ounce, some only drops, so I expect the bottle to last for quite some time.
My wife found the absinthe drip to be too strong to drink, but likes absinthe mixed into other drinks. It adds a depth and complexity to a large number of drinks, especially traditional "tiki" drinks. In fact, her favorites so far have all been versions of classic drinks (such as a version of the mai-tai) or drinks that are citrus heavy and contain rum.