Years ago I had planned a La Fée Verte party, envisioning an absinthe tasting with lots of tasty French nibbles, but it was hijacked by my husband's UFO theme and I ended up serving Out of this World Amuse Bouche instead, including Pork Tenderloin with Pistachio Mousse, Linguica Torta, Fennel-Pollen Topped Chocolate Mousse. I shelved my absinthe tasting idea.
|Andreas at Restaurant 1833|
I went to the restaurant with two friends; we decided that we had to order their Russian-style absinthe tableside preparation. Think fire, absinthe, orange juice, and a straw. It felt very illicit.
Tonight, I opted for a more traditional presentation. Just absinthe and water. If I had a sugar cube, I would have tried that. Forgive me for not having a snifter and an absinthe spoon...or dripping the water slowing. We did more of a slow pour.
We still did achieve that nice louche (French for opaque, shady). The absinthe changed to a lighter, opalescent shade of milky green.
Cheers for National Licorice Day!
The verdict of this adventure: very applicable for National Licorice Day, but a little too herby and medicinal for Jake's tastes. I liked it.