Absinthe: Sip of Seduction: A Contemporary Guide

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Take an intimate look into the contemporary world of absinthe. International in scope, Absinthe: Sip of Seduction is a visually rich journey into an alluring subculture. Punctuated with color reproductions of classic and current lithographs, posters, postcards, cartoons, antiques, glassware, bottles, and other tools of the absinthe drinker, this new and thorough study explains and illustrates the history, culture, and mystique of the drink known as the Green Fairy.

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Overview

Take an intimate look into the contemporary world of absinthe. International in scope, Absinthe: Sip of Seduction is a visually rich journey into an alluring subculture. Punctuated with color reproductions of classic and current lithographs, posters, postcards, cartoons, antiques, glassware, bottles, and other tools of the absinthe drinker, this new and thorough study explains and illustrates the history, culture, and mystique of the drink known as the Green Fairy.

Absinthe bars have popped up all over the globe in recent years. Festivals in Switzerland and France celebrate the many distilleries and varieties of absinthe available on the market today. Museums, films, collectors, and -reviews of existing brands all set this title apart from the historically based volumes currently on the English language market. Absinthe: Sip of Seduction explores absinthe’s contemporary absinthe and ritual.

The focus is unique; in addition to the customary glimpses of history, the authors provide insights into the controversy and effects of the Green Fairy through the stories of famous connoisseurs such as Vincent Van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway, and Pablo Picasso. However, consumption and enjoyment of absinthe is not just relegated to history; contemporary drinkers include Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson. Explained are sipping instructions, variations including French, Czech, and German methods, cocktail and drink recipes, and even suggestions for culinary accompaniments.

Confirmed absinthe drinkers, neophytes, the curious, and collectors will all find this book equally intriguing and seductive.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972577618
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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T.A. Breaux is a chemist and one of the leading experts on absinthe's chemical makeup. Betina Wittels is a psychotherapist in Tucson, Arizona. She is one of the leading vendors of absinthe antiques in the U. S. and is a broker for absinthe vendors worldwide. Robert Hermesch is a former book editor and teacher. He lives in Boston, Massachussets.
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Table of Contents

Foreword iii
Introduction xi
1 The Rise and Fall...and Resurrection 1
2 The Visionaries' Muse 13
3 The Sip 45
4 Collectibles 55
5 The Reviews Are In 73
6 Toddies and Tastes 93
7 The Green Fairy Scene 101
Appendix Vendors, Poster and Blotter Websites, Select Websites 119
Select Bibliography 124
The Authors 126
Credits 128
Index 129
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2004

    An Absinthe Book for Beginners, Collectors, & Connoisseurs

    Slip between these covers and explore this alluring elixir known as Absinthe. Authoress Betina Wittels gives a voice to the 'Green Fairy,' to which one easily hearkens while being inextricably drawn into the lush, cozy parlor of the Green Fairy. The voice casually relates Absinthe's fascinating & tumultuous history the way a prospective lover reminisces of the rise and fall of epic affairs. Now lulled into a familiar and comfortable state of mind, the reader is receptive to the Fairy's fleeting, but very present touch. One finds many have come this way before as we discover the artistes & literati who have succumbed to the inspirational, warm caress of liquid silk in which their muse was found. Absinthe has lithely meandered its way, albeit with some near deathly obstacles, from the Victorian Era up through the Present. At last, we are ready to cast our eyes upon the elusive countenance of the Green Fairy. She can be found in the many pictures & illustrations within the pages of Seduction, which only heightens the arousal of curiosity. Mere gazing has now become somehow inadequate & it is difficult to resist the urge to reach out to touch & taste of the pleasure promised by the Fairy. Spread between the pages, a palate of delectable reviews of modern absinthes enticingly urges us to see, touch , & taste of the Green Fairy. Left with a desire that burns as hotly & sweetly as the sugar cube invoked in the Burn Ritual, we are not left at the very threshold of the Green Fairy's ultimate promise of pleasure without a path. Ms. Wittels closes Absinthe, Sip of Seduction by providing a comprhensive list of Worldwide purveyors who might bring the seduction to its full fruition, by way of Absinthe's lovely accoutrments and perhaps even by arranging an intimate visit by the Green Fairy herself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2004

    Sweet Seduction

    A book that can be opened at any page and immediately appreciated is one that is most likely to be read over and over again. Absinthe Sip of Seduction is such a book. Like a finely crafted Suisse Bleue louched in a crystal swirling glass, this book can be sipped and savored alone or among friends. For the ¿uninitiated¿, there¿s enough eye candy to draw their attention to this virtually censored chapter of the Belle Epoche age. Everybody I know has heard of Prohibition, but pretty much nobody in my circle ever heard of Absinthe (which was banned in the USA several years before Prohibition). More than one of the people to whom I¿ve shown this book has immediately started Googling for European purveyors of this mystical elixir. For those already familiar with the Green Fairy, prepare to be transported back to another world through beautiful photographs and recollections of the history and personalities of an era seemingly ancient to our modern imaginations, but that was yet less than 100 years ago. Make sure you have a bottle of your favorite brand poured and louched before delving in. Having first flown on the wings of la Fee Verte only recently, the only knowledge I had about its lineage was what I was able to piece together on the Internet. Of course, much of what I read concerned the virtues of the various brands purveyed by the sites I visited, but I did find a lot of information about its history and allure in various places. So by the time I first spotted this book on the shelf I had some context and was immediately drawn to browse it. When I opened it up to a random page I was immediately captivated. Betina Wittels has succeeded in creating in me the same feeling I had when I had my first sip. It was a sense of revelation! In accordance with the title I was immediately seduced. I suddenly discovered I was a compadre of Hemingway, Picasso and Oscar Wilde. I saw a whole category of art devoted to the elixir, and a wealth of paraphernalia I had never imagined. This book is both informative and concise, perfect for the modern reader. One is not bored with erudition, however the eclectic array of information attests to the author¿s authoritative stature. I don¿t believe anybody has ever considered building a cult around whiskey or gin. But Absinthe definitely has all the trappings of a cult: a sense of the mysterious, a sense of belonging to an elite group, there are the symbols of fire and water used with the sugar and spoon. I would heartily recommend this book to all those who seek initiation into the Cult of the Green Fairy. For those already under her auspices, it¿s great to keep on the coffee table for the purpose of evangelizing and making converts.

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