Isn't having a bar underneath open stairs rather unhygienic?
that's the "special sauce."
the stairs overhang and have lips. you could pour a bucket of water down them, and nothing will drip down below.
Which brands of absinthe are you stocking, if you don't mind my asking?
I've noticed the attitude here in SF that since absinthe is legal, it's now officially "jumped the shark". It still impresses the tourists though. I base the majority of this observation on a recent interaction between a friend who lives here and a friend who does not upon spotting a store selling it.
The real question -- Do you sell MANSINTHE?
I think that all that tells us is that you are friends with tools.
I bet some of them are reading this now too.
I hope not.
I think absinthe is something I would like (given how much I generally like herb/bitters in liquor), but it's so bloody expensive I don't want to just buy an entire bottle. I'll be sure to step in & try some.
Ironically enough Bevmo carries several brands now it and it's a lot cheaper than buying it at a lot cheaper than another run of the mill liquor store. Prices start about $40/bottle, to about $60 for Lucid right now. Still compared with a $20 bottle of pastis, it's not quite as cheap as it gets for anise liquors.
Hey! Having Absinthe mailed to you from Europe is the American way!
So, from what I hear, and from what I've sampled, most absinthe in the world is crap. I mean, it's strong and it's green, and that counts for a lot, but it tastes like licorice cough syrup. I've also heard that there exists absinthe (tales of chemical engineers with mass spectrometers and ancient bottles of pre-ban absinthe) that *tastes good*! Have you encountered any of this?
It is the bane of kool kids everywhere that absinthe is an anisette, and thus tastes very much like cough syrup, which is also frequently anise flavored. I'm sure polling the same population would reveal that they think Pastis, Sambuca and Ouzo also taste like cough syrup as well.
There's nothing that innately ties wormwood and anise, though, so maybe somebody will invent wormwood infused peach schnapps to appease duller palettes.
It is likewise the bane of kool kids everywhere that martinis contain gin, although many operate under the delusion that vodka and vermouth counts.
I actually enjoy gin, but not anise. I don't like Pastis, Ouzo or Sambuca. Now that I've said that, I'm not sure why I've tried so many drinks that I obviously wouldn't like. Anyway, who's still drinking to be cool, don't people grow out of that at age 21?
you have to have some vermouth, otherwise it's just gin. which is fine, but not a martini.
I've never had an anise-flavored cough syrup in my life. Artificial cherry and grape flavors are the only ones I can remember offhand. Are you sure this is a frequently-used flavoring?
You want to go for the cheep, green, flavor not mentioned variety. Obviously anything labeled "grape" or "carrot" or whatever need not apply.
Both licorice and anise have alleged medicinal properties, hence their inclusion.
I mean, it's still anise flavored; you can't get around that. But it's definitely complex and nuanced. Not cough syrupy. It's supposed to be chock full of botanicals and crap.
It has the strangest mouth-feel of anything I have ever put in my mouth. I can't even describe it. It's like it's there, but then it disappears.
Supposedly the amount of water you add is pretty critical to having a good experience. I think you're supposed to do 1:8 absinthe:water?
It's a fun buzz. "Lucid" is a good name.
(tales of chemical engineers with mass spectrometers and ancient bottles of pre-ban absinthe) that *tastes good*! Have you encountered any of this?
That would be the Jade line, created by Ted Breaux. Ted is also behind Lucid, which many Jade-fans are describing as "Jade light". Having compared the two, myself, I think that it's a fair summation. I quite like Lucid, and cheerfully suggest it to folks wanting to try absinthe for the first time - major bonus points for being available in the US, of course, which saves one a whack of cash.
I've tried the entire Jade range, and like them all very much, but if you don't like anise, then you're not going to like absinthe, at all. There are products out there that describe themselves as "Anise free absinthe" (Tabu Free, Serpis) but that's a contradiction in terms, given that for a drink to even be called absinthe, it must contain anise, grand wormwood and fennel.
(sorry for carrying on. It's a favorite topic)
The important thing about absinthe is that it is expensive, thereby regulating my alcohol consumption.
PS Not responsible for the informatik outfit.
It's not any more expensive than any other spirit. You can get cheap absinthe for the same price as vodka, and a good absinthe is cheaper than a good whiskey.