This beautiful, small, decorative art nouveau absinthe fountain will be the talking point at any gathering of absintheurs!
Simply beautiful baby absinthe fountain. This fountain is the ultimate luxury item for a home bar and perfect as a gift for Fathers Day, birthday, Valentine's Day, wedding or a surprise for any absinthe party. A handmade glass reservoir is supported by a feminine form in the Art Nouveau style popular during the heyday of absinthe. The two taps are a classical rounded trefoil shape, and the lid is embellished with an acorn on top. All metal components are composed of solid brass and chromium plated. This smaller version of our most popular Lady Absinthe Fountain only has 2 spigots, a smaller and different styled glass reservoir with delicately engraved Absinthe Original logo and height of 49cm instead of 60cm. Absinthe cocktail recipes and history of absinthe is included with every shipment.
These fountains are handcrafted using traditional techniques, just as they were in the Belle Époque era. This can result in minor grazes or imperfections in the finish due to the use of traditional brass casting and plating. In the case of handcrafted glass, the result is a lovely antique-looking effect with small air bubbles and lines, as opposed to the flat and featureless finish of modern machine production.
Please note that these absinthe fountains are shipped carefully packaged and will require some easy assembly. This involves simply connecting the base to the bowl and placing the cover on top. Please rinse with warm water well before use (see the instructions below). Absinthe fountains are supplied without absinthe glasses, absinthe spoons, sugar or absinthe bottles. They all have to be ordered separately.
Water capacity 50.72oz (1.5 liters)
Overall height 17.5" (44.5cm)
Height under taps 8" (20.5cm)
Weight 5.29 lbs (2.4kg)
We have a limited number of glass replacement bowls available for these small, two taps fountains. If you need one, please contact us for more details.
Absinthe Fountains Care & How to Use Instructions
Before each fountain leaves our warehouse, we individually test it to ensure that everything fits together properly and that there are no leaks. We recommend hand-washing the globe with soap and room temperature water and pouring water through the spouts before using your fountain. Always wash glass with utmost care and never use hot water. Large temperature fluctuations should be always avoided. The glass does not like abrupt changes between hot and cold water temperatures. Avoid exposing the glass reservoir to rapid temperature changes. Do not put the glass globe or any other parts in the dishwasher.
Pour a dose of absinthe into an absinthe glass, place an absinthe slotted spoon across its rim, and add a sugar cube atop the spoon. The amount of sugar used is subject to one's preference.
Place the glass so that the sugar is exactly beneath a spout. Remove the lid of the fountain to fill the glass globe with fresh water and ice. Always fill the fountain with room temperature water before gradually adding ice. It's crucial to use room temperature water because using frigid water or ice first can create thermal shock, which can fracture the glass. Place the lid back on.
The cold water will slowly trickle over the sugar cube below and into the absinthe glass with a small turn of the spigot key. Turn the spigot key parallel to the fountain arm to fully open the spigot, letting the water to flow in a gentle stream. The water reacts with the herbs in the absinthe, releasing different oils that begin to scent the air with fennel and anise. Adjust the amount of water and sugar. Stir and sip slowly.
The amount of water and sugar you use is entirely up to you. This procedure is comparable to making a cup of tea. Some people prefer their tea a little sweeter or with a little milk (English tea lovers) than others. You make your absinthe according to your preferences. The absinthe-to-water ratio varies depending on the alcohol percentage of absinthe, the amount of absinthe consumed, and your personal taste preferences. A basic rule of thumb is one part absinthe to three to five parts water.
When your gathering is over, pour any remaining water and ice out of your fountain, making sure to open all spouts where water will remain. Allow the fountain to dry overnight by turning it upside down on a bar towel. There is no need for additional cleaning if only water has been used. If you need to rinse, allow the glass globe to cool to room temperature. Before each use, make sure the water is always fresh.
Did you know that...?
Fountains appeared in bars and bistros as absinthe gained popularity. Often a large glass container suspended above the table held between two and six spigots. It allowed a small party of drinkers to accurately prepare their absinthe drink all at once with a slow drip of cold water but did not require the painstaking concentration required by a carafe. Absinthe was commonly served in normal bar-ware, but eventually, specific absinthe glasses were popularized. These would commonly have a short thick stem and faceting to enhance the absinthe's appearance. Glasses were marked with a dose line, by either etching or a glass band, showing how much absinthe should be poured into them. The term 'reservoir glass' covers several styles of glassware with a small bulge at the bottom which marked the dose. They were the first type of glass made specifically for absinthe. A less common variation, called the bubble-reservoir glass, contained a defined bubble shaped reservoir.