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Did You Know Absinthe Is ...

Wormwood Society Logo• Not poisonous, and never was?
• Not hallucinogenic, and never was?
• Legal in the USA since the 1960s?
• Not just a novelty? There are fine absinthes, just like fine wine, whisky, and cognac.  Read more here:

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Preparing Absinthe In Society

Properly preparing a glass of absinthe isn't as complicated as you may think.

Absinthe enthusiasts often refer to absinthe preparation as the "absinthe ritual", but it's not very different from making a cup of tea.

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Absinthe Evaluation Tutorial

Do you know how to tell a great absinthe from a so-so absinthe?  What does one look for, or demand, in a glass of absinthe?  Just as with fine wine, fine absinthe has a whole language and system for evaluation and tasting.

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Le Diplomate - DC

Le Diplomate - DC

 
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Type of Venue
Price Range
$10 - $15
Very popular French Restaurant in downtown D.C.

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The food last night was unbelievable. I still can't get over how good the bread was.

My only complaint would be the absinthe service. If you're going to go through the pretense of having absinthe service on the menu, it would be wise to offer the proper preparation. My absinthe came as a one ounce dose at the bottom of a regular water glass, served with two other smaller glasses, one with water, and one with ice.

The first issue with this presentation: it is cumbersome and messy to pour the water into the absinthe glass. I'd recommend a small carafe or something similar instead, to make it easier to pour.

Second issue: not enough water. I was only given about 3 oz of water, which would bring the absinthe to about a 2:1 water to absinthe ratio. Properly prepared absinthe needs at least 3 parts, and sometimes as much as 5 parts water. The end product should be about the same ABV as wine.

By serving it in this manner, you're virtually guaranteeing a lack of repeat absinthe business. A stronger presentation with the right amount of water will not only please the customer, but will generate more interest from surrounding diners, leading to more purchases. :)

Overall, the food is incredible. I hope they improve their absinthe service, as the ambiance would be perfect.
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Ambiance 
 
5.0
Absinthe Selection 
 
4.0
Absinthe Service 
 
3.0
Absinthe Knowledge 
 
3.0
Overall Quality of Service 
 
5.0
Price 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Brian Robinson April 25, 2017
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Incredible food, absinthe service is lacking

The food last night was unbelievable. I still can't get over how good the bread was.

My only complaint would be the absinthe service. If you're going to go through the pretense of having absinthe service on the menu, it would be wise to offer the proper preparation. My absinthe came as a one ounce dose at the bottom of a regular water glass, served with two other smaller glasses, one with water, and one with ice.

The first issue with this presentation: it is cumbersome and messy to pour the water into the absinthe glass. I'd recommend a small carafe or something similar instead, to make it easier to pour.

Second issue: not enough water. I was only given about 3 oz of water, which would bring the absinthe to about a 2:1 water to absinthe ratio. Properly prepared absinthe needs at least 3 parts, and sometimes as much as 5 parts water. The end product should be about the same ABV as wine.

By serving it in this manner, you're virtually guaranteeing a lack of repeat absinthe business. A stronger presentation with the right amount of water will not only please the customer, but will generate more interest from surrounding diners, leading to more purchases. :)

Overall, the food is incredible. I hope they improve their absinthe service, as the ambiance would be perfect.

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