By Evan Hosie
It’s Friday again, thank goodness, and we’ve got a place for you that serves absinthe(!), the infamous alcohol that was nicknamed “la fée verte” (the green fairy) and was banned in the States for years. (It might have had something to do with the highly alcoholic content and the hallucinations of some imbibers.)Unless you know where you’re going, you’ll never find The Edison lounge bar in downtown L.A. , which is located in the bowels of a historic building that once served as a power plant.
Amongst the relics and artifacts, sip on the once forbidden spirit (since it contains no sugar absinthe is not classified as an alcohol) in either straight shots, or in a Pontarlier glasses, as it was always served up in France. Sample a “Lucid”, our favorite for the name alone – or one of the 4 other brands they stock
We have a home recipe that will make you Lucid in no time:
- Fill the reservoir of the glass with absinthe (or about 1/3 to 1/5 absinthe of the volume).
- Place an absinthe spoon and a sugar cube on top of the glass.
- Slowly drip ice water through the sugar until it dissolves completely. A green line will form at the top. As this line forms it is common to sample the absinthe by drinking off this green line to get the full impact of the absinthe’s qualities before the drink is fully diluted.
- The drink louches (turns white; this is due to the oils being soluble in alcohol but not in water) and new flavors come out.
When she’s not shopping or testing beauty products, Evan Hosie writes gadget reviews for the site Popgadget.net.
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