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Object of Desire: Andy Paiko Absinthe Fountain

Custom made glass fountains worthy of ritual of absinthe preparation


absinthestandardwebAbsinthe is a curious thing.  A spirit with a shady misunderstood past.  Emerald green tincture wrongfully accused of the madness of men, it wasn’t that long ago it was a banned substance in many countries.

For something with such a wicked and reckless reputation, it’s ritualized preparation and transformation from emerald green to milky jade is nothing short of beautiful.

The age old rumor of hallucinations caused by wormwood used in absinthe is greatly exaggerated… yes, technically  thujone (the chemical is wormwood) does have an effect on the brain however the alcohol level in absinthe is so high (between 100 – 150 proof), chances are you would be in a coma before any serious tripping could happen.

It’s not to say absinthe is without its merits.  When prepared properly it’s anise flavor is both complex and elegant.  There’s really only one way to prepare absinthe properly.  Ice water is put into an absinthe fountain.  Specially designed absinthe glasses hold the liquor; out of the bottle it is emerald green.  Resting on the glass is a sugar cube on a slotted spoon.  The spigot of the fountain is open just enough to let the ice water drip on the sugar cube, the dissolved sugar passes through the spoon into the glass of absinthe, turning it milky white. The process is long but if you ever get a chance to try it, you’ll see what all the fuss is about. I can tell from personal experience that it’s affects is not like any other alcoholic beverage.  There is a lucidity and focus that you just can’t get from anything else… at least that was the case for me.

It could be for those reasons or others like it that is had always been the preferred drinks of artists, writers, and poets.. most noteworthy being Vincent van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway (who enjoyed “Death in the Afternoon: 1.5 oz Absinthe in a flute glass with Brut Champagne), Johnny Depp, and Marilyn Manson.

To enjoy the ritual of preparing the drink, you need the fountain and of all the fountains we have reviewed, Andy Paiko custom made fountains stand out.  Andy is a glass artist from Portland Oregon.  His works can be seen in Galleries and exhibits around the world.

The sets are made to order… cups included.  Approx. 30” tall and fully functional. 1500mL fountains, 200mL cups. New chrome spigots and a couple of more traditional absinthe cup-shapes as well, including the “bubble glass”.Etched designs and colors (including black highlights) may also be available…contact Andy Paiko Glass for more information

Xan Garcia

Xan Garcia

Founder and senior editor of VODA. Cocktailian, Journalist, Traveler, and the next Robin Leach.

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