Posted by: Jessie | March 6, 2012

Celebrating Absinthe Day


In celebration of Absinthe Day Eric and I went out to a few places that serve Absinthe.  We started out at Lackman’s, where Keller mixed up a killer cocktail for me… a Brain Duster!  (One ounce rye, one ounce absinthe, one ounce red vermouth, and a dash of Angostura bitters shaken with ice and strained into a cocktail glass.)  If you like interesting herbal drinks, you will like this.  If you like sweet drinks then you will hate the brain duster!

Lackman did not have any food, and I ended up having my absinthe drink on an empty stomach.  After my brain was thoroughly dusted we went in search of a bar with both Absinthe and food.  We were disappointed to discover Senate is closed on Mondays, as is Rookwood.  We ended up at Jean Robert’s Table.

Jean Robert’s Table serves absinthe in the traditional way, with sugar cubes on absinthe spoons using an Absinthe Fountain.   Absinthe the traditional way does not go well with food, so I asked them to make me a Death in the Afternoon.  This is a drink invented by Ernest Hemingway.  Apparently he and some freinds were out on a sail boat when a terrible storm came up.  After they made it safely to shore they immediately went to the nearest pub and asked for absinthe mixed with champagne.  The champagne was to celebrate their survival and the absinthe was to get them drunk enough to forget the experience!

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