Absinthe Spoon - Toulouse-Lautrec
This spoon is used in the preparation of a traditional French or Swiss absinthe. A traditional absinthe is prepared by pouring an ounce of absinthe into an absinthe glass, then placing the absinthe spoon on top of the glass and a sugar cube atop the spoon.
Ice water is slowly dripped from a fountain, carafe, or balancier onto the piece of sugar. The cold sugar water then drips from the spoon into the glass of absinthe releasing oils and perfuming the air with fennel, grand wormwood and anise. The combination also begins to turn milky white in color, as the water mixes with the anise.
The spoon was originally designed for Toulouse Lautrec and features the insignia of Lautrec's famous initials at the top of the grill. Lautrec loved absinthe so much that he had a special compartment built inside his "walking stick"' to hold a vial of absinthe. The original is among one of the most rare of all antique absinthe spoons. This an exact reproduction of that late 19th century absinthe spoon.
- Measures6.75" (17.2 cm) long
- Stainless steel
- Will not tarnish
- Dishwasher safe