Our good friend R. Winston Guthries’ most excellent book “A Taste For Absinthe” has been out in hardback for a while now. Autographed copies are available at our sister site Alandia. I am am very pleased to announce it is now available as an eBook.
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|The absinthe fairy at Absinthe House.|
Boulder Colorado is about to go even greener. At the end of this month, Absinthe House will open in the former Foundry space at 1109 Walnut Street. “We want it to look like an absinthe house that’s been around before the ban on absinthe ninety years ago, but with an updated kind of feel,” says Eric Turner, who’s opening the place with partner Alfonso Natarelli.
In the front third of the space, they plan to have a restaurant that will be open for lunch and dinner; in the back will be a nightclub with DJs several nights a week; up above will be a 1,700 square-foot rooftop patio with a view of the Flatirons. And everywhere, of course, there will be absinthe, that mysterious green liqueur.
“We really felt like Boulder was the perfect fit for what we do,” Turner says. “It’s a great combo of really good food, really unique and good products for liquor, and the nightlife ambience with the nightclub thing. There isn’t a nightclub in Boulder.”
Much less a nightclub with what promises to be the largest selection of absinthe of any bar in America. Turner and Natarelli, who already have the Green Fairy absinthe bar in Copper Mountain, as well as two Summit County restaurants, think they’ll be able to get some brands unique to Absinthe House, because they’ll be special ordering them through their distributor. The offerings will change every day, depending on what suppliers have on hand, but Turner says they’re hoping to stock at least twenty kinds at all times, all authentic.
Look for Absinthe House to open Friday, August 27.
Mark your calendars, July 17, 2010 – Sept 30, 2010, and come see Damian Hevia’s new collection of Absinthe related photographs at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SoFAB), adjacent to the Museum of the American Cocktail, NMark your calendars, July 17, 2010 – Sept 30, 2010, and come see Damian Hevia’s new collection of Absinthe related photographs at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SoFAB), adjacent to the Museum of the American Cocktail, New Orleans, L.A., on July 17, 2010.(Riverwalk Marketplace 1 Poydras St., Julia Street entrance, top floor). Come meet Damian at the opening, 4:00-6:00 pm, and see his, “Absinthe Visions” photographic exhibit. If you can’t make it for the opening, you still have a chance to see his work as the exhibit will be featured for 3 consecutive months. Damian is a very talented and world renowned professional photographer, acclaimed musician and Absinthe aficionado from Houston, Texas. His artistic photographs capture and reflect the spirit of his subject and evoke reflective emotions that stimulate both curiosity and excitement in his audience about this mysterious aperitif called Absinthe. Opening of this exhibit kicks off the festivities of, “Tales of the Cocktail”, (July 21-24,2010) headquartered at the Montelone Hotel. See, (http://www.talesofthecocktail.com/), for more details. Presentations by Absinthe experts and historians, Jay Hendrickson and Ted Breaux will inform the audience about the history, myths, distilling processes and recent legalization (2007) of contemporary Absinthe. (See schedule for dates, times and locations of these seminars). This exhibit and the above cocktail festival are sure to entertain, stimulate, educate, and, if you’re not careful, inebriate its audience. Please drink responsibly so you can come back in September, 2010, to hear Damian present his motivation and practical approach to achieving his vision for the photographs in the exhibit. (Dates to be determined and shared when available). To see more examples of his artistic expressions through still photographs, visit (http://www.dhevia.com/) Please share this invitation with all of your friends and acquaintances! We hope to see you there having tons of fun in New Orleans!
Absinthe guru Ted Breaux, whose Jade line of absinthes is generally considered among the best, will be teaching a class in making absinthe cocktails. It will feature drinks made with existings and unreleased absinthes. The event will take place June 24th at the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans at a cost of $20 per person and reservations can be made at 504-522-1994
John Trummer, owner of the New York bar Apotheke, prides himself in his pyrotechnic displays at work. The bar claims to be trying to re-create the atmosphere of absinthe dens in the 1800’s. John performs a rather elaborate absinthe fire ritual as seen in the picture. Any real absintheur knows that they never used fire with absinthe in the old days. He was recently arrested for pouring several different types of booze on the 20 foot long bar and lighting it on fire. While I’m sure this looked really cool, it seems to be very dangerous. Friends don’t let friends burn absinthe .
Jean-Francois Raffaelli’s 1881 painting “The Absinthe Drinkers” was recently aquired at auction by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco for just under 3 million dollars (I guess my bid of $10 didn’t quite make it). The pre-auction estimate for this great piece was between $400,000 and $600,000. Except for the clothing this kind of looks like my place on a Friday night.
This little beauty might more acurately be described as a cross between a spoon and a grille. Talented artist and good friend Chris Olson is responsible for the design and production. It’s made of 3 ounces of pure silver and features a unique recessed sugar cube holder which allows the sugar to dissolve more thoroughly, resulting in less in the bottom of the glass. Chris, at one time, worked for special effects wizard Stan Winston. As Master Designer for the prestigious Molina Fine Jewelry, Chris also did restoration work on some of the artifacts retrieved from the Titanic. Currently only 3 of these exist. I own one, Chris has one, and one of Molina’s very wealthy clients, who is also a big absinthe fan, has the 3rd one. They may be available to the public at a future date.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art has an exhibit called “Synthetic Cubism” which runs through April 25. It features 214 works of art by Picasso and others. On display is Picasso’s “Glass of Absinthe”, which is his only free-standing sculpture. It’s very interesting and looks as though he had a few too may absinthes while sculpting it.
Toulouse-Lautrec, a big absinthe fan, is credited with coming up with this cocktail. You mix 1/2 shot of absinthe with 1/2 shot of cognac, swirl in a brandy snifter, and drink. Due to the strong flavors of both absinthe and cognac I prepared it with a minor alteration. I poured 1/2 shot of each into an absinthe glass and added 8 oz. of ice water. I gave this a try while watching the Super Bowl and I’ve got to say it’s pretty tasty and packs a punch. I used Swiss LaBleue Clandestine absinthe and Remy Martin V.S.O.P cognac. Give it a try and leave a comment letting me know how you liked it.
I was surprised, and frankly, somewhat dismayed, to find out that they are using the Bohemian ritual at The Old Absinthe House in New Orleans (thanks for that info Jessie). You would think that the oldest and most well known spot for absinthe in the US would know better. Anyone who knows anything about absinthe realizes that you just don’t burn the sugar cube. What are these people thinking? If anybody happens to visit there, please try and talk some sense into them.