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#181 Jay

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:24 PM

If you are going to hang out outside, you might consider adding a little ice after louching.

Sorry. No ice will be going in my absinthe anytime soon.

I drop two or three smaller pieces of ice in almost every glass of absinthe I drink. Seriously, melt two small cubes of ice (not from a standard ice tray, but from a commercially bought bag of ice), and you might end up with a whopping two tablespoons of water, which, if you've had some experience gauging absinthe-to-water ratios, is not hard to factor in. It amounts to the same thing as louching from a carafe or fountain of cold water with ice cubes in it, but is much less hassle, and wow - chilled absinthe is a tasty treat.

#182 Père Ubu

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 03:20 AM

Nicely written sir. :)

#183 AiO

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 03:44 AM

Or you could just go whole hog and jiggle yourself up a frappe. Nothing finer in the summer...
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 04:05 AM

I'm not into cocktails much ( equal parts ignorance and laziness, with a dash tiredness), but I want to try frappes this summer.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 05:56 AM

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#186 Songcatcher

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 02:34 PM

Reverse louche in action

 

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La Grenouille poured from my flask. Into a fruit jar of cold water.

Same beautiful to watch trail action but with a water layer beneath that went away with the slightest of a swirl. 

 

Someone care to explain this to an ignert ole hillbilly?


 


Edited by Songcatcher, 13 March 2013 - 02:35 PM.

The room it smelled heavy of drinkin',  

and the sad silent song, made the hour twice as long,

as I waited for that sun to go sinkin'.


#187 Absomphe

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 02:58 PM

Um, no. :unsure: 


Yes, I'm Krinkles the Clown on an absinthe a beer bender.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 03:06 PM

Dammit!  :fork:


The room it smelled heavy of drinkin',  

and the sad silent song, made the hour twice as long,

as I waited for that sun to go sinkin'.


#189 Absomphe

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 03:13 PM

Seriously, I'm used to Stefano's (non-L'Ancienne) absinthes exhibiting a somewhat delicate louche, but nothing quite that bizarre.

 

However, I could swear it's not the first time I've seen someone post that louching reaction.


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#190 Jack Griffin

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 03:17 PM

SC, that particular louche-effect only occurs south of the Mason-jar Dixon line.



#191 greytail

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 03:44 PM

I have had that occur. The absinthe it occured with had been sitting around for awhile. Made from a cherry base. Stirred with a spoon. Still tasted good. Next glass the same results did not occur.

Only difference was that I louched it the way I always do.

Edited by greytail, 13 March 2013 - 03:45 PM.

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#192 Joe Legate

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 03:47 PM

Semi-seriously, Jules would carefully do that as a parlor trick when guests visited. 

She has other tricks but they're not absinthe related.



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Posted 13 March 2013 - 06:01 PM

SC, that particular louche-effect only occurs south of the Mason-jar Dixon line.

 

 Now that is funny! But probably true.  :cheerz:


The room it smelled heavy of drinkin',  

and the sad silent song, made the hour twice as long,

as I waited for that sun to go sinkin'.


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Posted 14 March 2013 - 09:45 AM

Someone care to explain this to an ignert ole hillbilly?

I believe the correct spelling is "ignernt". ;)
 
I got your message about the missing image, and I'm afraid its pixels are in the wind.  It doesn't exist on the server anymore, at least not with that name. I did, however find an image that seems to fit the context:

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I'm betting the absinthe from the flask (in your pocket, maybe?) was warmer than the cold water.  Heat rises, folks.   ;)


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#195 greytail

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 10:24 AM

Or in this case.....the star called wormwood rises.....
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 10:32 AM

Thank you kindly, good sir  :euro:  That's the most logical explanation. Heat.

Yep, I figured I did something to ithe file to screw up the pic.

And I can't believe I left out the "n" in ignernt. how ignernt of me. :fork:


The room it smelled heavy of drinkin',  

and the sad silent song, made the hour twice as long,

as I waited for that sun to go sinkin'.


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Posted 31 March 2013 - 07:12 AM

Another example of the "suspended" louche in action. On a mountain top. Despite the wind. Boggy #4.

At 1:10 you start to see the forming of three distinct layers. The pure on top, louched in the middle, and water underneath. The flask and bottle of ice water were in a small insulated trail pack together. So assumably the absinthe was chilled by the bottle. Pretty neat to watch. You can see the tendrils of the absinthe reaching down into the water, but just can't quite seem to penetrate.


The room it smelled heavy of drinkin',  

and the sad silent song, made the hour twice as long,

as I waited for that sun to go sinkin'.


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Posted 19 April 2013 - 07:36 AM

Here's a video I made yesterday of the "glass in glass" method of prep.  I mention the engraved line at the glass' top at one point, calling it a "dose line" out of habit,

realizing instantly that I meant to say "fill line" as it is the 4:1 mark.  I wasn't about to shoot the video over for that!  Enjoy, and try this; it's fun, and can give a dramatic presentation!

 



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Posted 19 April 2013 - 08:36 AM

Great video, Scott. I'm going to try this later



#200 Absomphe

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 09:19 AM

:like:

 

Yes, evil twin, you may flog me now.  :devil: 


Edited by Absomphe, 19 April 2013 - 09:22 AM.

Yes, I'm Krinkles the Clown on an absinthe a beer bender.

You got a problem with that?


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Posted 19 April 2013 - 10:54 AM

Oooooh, now that's a discussion we should have.   Behind closed doors, of course.

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