Absinthe Ware: Spoon, Stained Glass

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Somewhat similar to our #19 spoon in appearance, this piece is said to also resemble a stained glass window. Because of this detail, in France the spoon is commonly referred to as 'l' ouvragee' (elaborate in French). The slender spoon features 8 crosses on the grill and a pronounced notch on the handle. Also available in gold-plating. 

This spoon is used in the preparation of a traditional French or Swiss absinthe. A traditional absinthe is prepared by pouring an ounce of absinthe into an absinthe glass, then placing the absinthe spoon on top of the glass and a sugar cube atop the spoon. Ice water is slowly dripped from a fountain, carafe or balancier onto the piece of sugar. The cold sugar water then drips from the spoon into the glass of absinthe releasing oils and perfuming the air with fennel, grand wormwood and anise. The combination also begins to turn milky white in color, as the water mixes with the anise. 
This is called the 'Louche'.