Absinthe may never reach the same level of popularity it enjoyed in the 19th century. By the end of that century, emerald fever spread throughout Europe with France leading the charge—consuming over two million liters of absinthe per year.
What made the jade liquid so exhilarating? The ritual associated with the spirit has always been a sensory experience. Referred to as La Louche, the ritual involves slowing diluting absinthe drip by drip with iced water until the liquid turns milky and opalescent. The visual and aromatic transformation is hypnotic, and conjures the release of the Green Fairy herself.
The absinthe spoon, glass and sugar cubes are familiar tools of the ritual, but they are not the only ones used throughout history. Stunning antique absinthe accessories still survive today, from stoneware water pitchers to intricate metal fountains. They’re pricey, but they carry the magic of absinthe’s faded history—a mystique that can’t be captured in a replica.