Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder
The water fountain, two glasses, and the absinthe spoon.
Place a sugar cube on the spoon and allow just a few drops of iced water to drip on to it.
Watch while the sugar cube slowly dissolves away, the thick syrupy solution edging its way towards the slots in the spoon...
... and ultimately splashing into the absinthe below.
Once all the sugar has washed away, allow a steady stream of water into the glass and watch as the colour of the liquid changes. Give it a stir, and drink up.
Contrary to popular belief, it seems that there are now very few countries where it is illegal to sell absinthe, but the United States is one of them. However, even there it is not illegal to own or consume it. Equally strangely, it is illegal to sell it in France, but not illegal to produce it there.
The La Fée brand, as featured in my pictures here, apparently makes its Parisian absinthe "to a 19th-century recipe ... from wormwood (artemisia absinthium) and flavoured with anise, hyssop and other aromatic herbs". It is also "the only absinthe to be authenticated by the Musée de l'Absinthe" in France.
For more information on the fascinating history and revival of absinthe, see the Wikipedia article here, or visit La Fée Verte.