"Flying with the Green Faerie - Absinthe Experience" Barcelona Travelogue by Roadquill

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Step 1 - Find an Establishment with Ambiance

Theoretically one could buy a bottle of absinthe, pour it into a cup, add to tap water and voila.... you could lose a few brain cells. The Bar du Nuit for this experience is Absenta Bar in Barceloneta. The ambiance is excellent, kind of dark, lots of interesting decor, Bob Dylan playing in the background.

Step 2 - Pouring the Absinthe

In a small glass, a spoon or fork is placed over the glass with a sugar cube, where the absinthe is poured over the sugar cube and then flows into the glass.

Step 3 - Igniting the absinthe soaked sugar cube

This does not do much except for add to the ambiance, but it does look cool. At this point the absinthe retains its clear yellowish, green color.

Step 3 - Adding the water

Adding the water on a 1 part water to 1 part absinthe dilutes the absinthe to a taste many prefer. I prefer a drop of water and a few ice cubes, and then allow the absinthe to tingle my tongue. The drink now turns a milky yellow.

Step 4 - Embibing the mixture

Next is to sip your absinthe and let it flow over your tongue. The anis flavored drink will sooth your palate with its anaesthesic qualities. Best taken with friends. No one felt an urge to go Van Gogh and cut of any body parts.

Step 5 - Noticing the flying barmaids

Wondering "since when did barmaids sprout butterfly wings"?, when you are just flying with the green faerie...

  • Page Updated May 9, 2016
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