Tarragona absinthe mixer and Reservoir glass set
The Strange Country
In a New Orleans hotel bar around 1936 (24 years after its ban in the United States):
-"Do you have any real absinthe?" Roger asked the bar waiter.
-"It's not supposed to be", the waiter said. "But I have some".
-"The real Couvet-Pontarlier sixty-eighth degree? Not the Tarragova [sic]?"
-"Yes, sir", the waiter said. "I can't bring you the bottle. It will be in an ordinary Pernod bottle."
-"I can tell it", Roger said.
-"I believe you, sir", the waiter said. "Do you want it a frappe or drip?"
-"Straight drip. You have the dripping saucers?"
-"Won't the lady want sugar, sir?"
-"No. We'll let her try it without."
-"Very good, sir."
The absinthe had come and from the saucers of cracked ice placed over the top of the glasses water, that Roger added from a small pitcher, was dripping down into the clear yellowish liquor turning it to an opalescent milkiness...
Hemingway (Ernest): The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway (including "The Strange Country" written around 1950) The Finca Vigia Edition, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1987.
The Sun Also Rises
Pamplona, Spain, around 1925 (absinthe was never banned in Spain)
"Come on over to the cafe", Bill said. "I want an absinthe." The absinthe made everything seem better. I drank it without sugar in the dripping glass, and it was pleasantly bitter."
Hemingway (Ernest) : The Sun Also Rises, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1926.
The Garden of Eden
Grau du-Roi, on the sea in the south of France, around 1923 (8 years after the French ban)
"It breaks up and goes to pieces if the water pours in too fast, ... then it's flat and worthless. There ought to be a glass on top with ice and just a little hole for the water to drip. But everybody would know what it was then."
Hemingway (Ernest) : The Garden of Eden, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1986.