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Pastis was mentioned in “The Queen's Gambit on Netflix” the other day. I tried it once, once upon a time, a long, long time ago, so long ago that nobody can remember how long ago it was. You know, when bars were open and our head barman was a Frenchman; it tastes like liquorice.
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You know what Tommy? I remember a time when people could smoke in a bar, then laws changed... no more smoking in them... now, we can't drink in them either.
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We've neighbors who are huge absinthe fans. They have a 4 spigot fountain, the spoons for sugar, the specialty glasses, and a wide variety of brands.

I've tried it several times, yet I still cannot paint like Van Gogh...


Nice! I only break out the fountain when company is over. It's too much of a hassle just for myself. Usually, I just slowly drip/drizzle from a carafe.

As far as the painting goes, no worries...your art takes on a different medium.
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Well, it may be a hassle but presentation is what can make some things special. Speaking of smoking and ceremony, I once ordered a cigar at a little French restaurant Callas and the ceremony that the waiter performed lighting the cigar was something to behold; it involved him swinging it around head among other things. The French do not just have good food, drink and cigars but they also have style. It is like our magic; one needs both a great presentation and a great trick. So I think magicians ought to magic this sort of thing a habit. Smile
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And one more anise flavored liquer, Galliano. Tasty, though it doesn't pack the punch of absinthe, Ouzo or Arak.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galliano_(liqueur)
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I have considered Absinthe over the years, but I really already have enough vices.

I imagine it would be worth the experience, but what if I liked it? I don't think my wife would accept "But S200Magician TOLD ME TO TRY!"
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I don't think my wife would accept "But S200Magician TOLD ME TO TRY!"

You need to be ten times as forceful: S2000magician told you to.
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You know what Tommy? I remember a time when people could smoke in a bar, then laws changed... no more smoking in them... now, we can't drink in them either.

You know that outlawing brawls there can't be far behind.
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I prefer a strong peat Islay.... or a Goose Island bourban stout which I have enjoyed this evening. Wish I had purchased more of the Goose Island when I had the opportunity.
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I'm, a big fan as well. And yeah I have a 4 spigot fountain and a set of glasses, spoons etc. But I don't use the fountain every time I indulge, mostly if other are present then it's way cool! I wanted to share a few pics but I cant size them down to the tiny size requirements! The Absinthe deck is really cool and there's a blurry joker that can be quite fun to use to mess with people.

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See if I got the pic small enough. I guess only one per post too.

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Ok, here is the other one...

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Had a friend over, took a shot of the display plus the other clutter! real life, oh well!

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Lovely!
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So, never having tried Absinthe, is there specific way it is to be drank? I see something about fountains, sugar spoons...
When it comes to tequila, they suggest salt and lemon, yet I find I enjoy it without those.
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You can look it up or view YouTube vids on consuming absinthe and you'll probably find the same thing. You can drink it straight but it isn't really recommended, other than for a little taste if you are curious about the undiluted flavor or differences between absinthe varieties. The stuff is typically very strong (140 proof, give or take depending) and goes down much smoother when prepared via the louching procedure etc. Plus it's just part of the experience!

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As Glen was saying, there are a few sources you can find that may be illustrative, but there are two basic methods of preparation. I don't recommend taking it straight (Frankly, it tastes awful that way).

In what's often called the "French method," place approximately 1oz of absinthe in the glass and a cube of sugar in the slotted spoon across the top of the glass, slowly drip drip ice water over the sugar cube into the glass via a fountain or carafe. This will produce a smooth drink and a lovely louche. This is the preferred method, and one you want to use for higher-quality absinthes (as a general rule, the higher the quality, the lower the alcohol content, as it takes longer to get herbal quality in lower alcohol absinthe).

In the "Bohemian method," you put the ice water in the glass first, leaving enough space for the absinthe. Place the sugar cube on the spoon as before and pour about an ounce of absinthe over the sugar into the glass and set fire to the sugar cube. After it's burned down a bit, tip the fiery spoon into the glass and stir. This results in a harsher drink, no louche, and is only really good for the cheaper, very high alcohol content absinthes.
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On Jan 18, 2021, Tim Snyder wrote:
I prefer a strong peat Islay....

Laphroaig, Ardbeg, Bruichladdich, Lagavulin, and Bunnahabhain are some of my favorites.
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