Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Glass of Herbsaint: The Herbsaint Frappé

 This is a very small excerpt from an extensive future article on the Herbsaint Frappé.
Just a small preview...Stay Tuned...

The Herbsaint Frappé is the signature Herbsaint cocktail appearing in all Herbsaint advertisements from the very beginning as the Legendre Absinthe Frappé, to the modern era of Herbsaint Original.

The Herbsaint Frappé has it's roots in the old New Orleans tradition of the Absinthe Frappé, as the perfect absinthe cocktail for the hot humid climate of New Orleans. A Frappé is an iced drink usually made with cracked, or crushed ice, that often has a thin icy coating on the outside of the glass.  Absinthe Frappés were a tradition in New Orleans where people would enjoy a tall cold Absinthe Frappé as the evening met the day, and as a Sunday Morning After eye opener from the week end revelry.

Once again, with the return of Herbsaint Original, one can recall the old New Orleans tradition of: At The Close Of The Day, Drink An Herbsaint Frappé, Legendre Herbsaint, Always Served When Absinthe Is Called For.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Catskill Cellars Herbsaint Window

For those in the Downsville NY area stop by Catskill Cellars and take a look at their Herbsaint display window, they are very nice people too!
They have a nice website at
for those that may not have have Herbsaint Original in their area yet, drop them a line and they can get a bottle of Herbsaint Original out to you.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

A Glass of Herbsaint, The classic Herbsaint Drip

A Glass of Herbsaint, The Classic Herbsaint Drip

In the midst of many things happening all at once, it's been difficult to sit down and catch up posting new material, hopefully, this trend is now broken.

One of the things I had hoped to put together is various Herbsaint cocktails, now that we are lucky to have Herbsaint Original on the shelves, our first look will be at the classic Herbsaint Drip.
The Herbsaint Drip is based on the classic Absinthe Drip enjoyed by many before the unfortunate ban on absinthe. One can do an absinthe drip many different ways, absinthe fountain, carafe, brouille, or Dripper as known in the USA.
As was popular in the hot humid climate of New Orleans, the brouille or dripper has a number of advantages, over using a large absinthe fountain, and much better control than trying to drip water from a carafe. 

To make a classic Herbsaint Drip, is simplicity it’s self.
Take one absinthe type glass, add two ounces of Herbsaint Original, fill the brouille or Dripper with crushed Ice, place on top of the absinthe glass, and add water to the dripper. The dripper will slowly drip the ice 
cold water into the Herbsaint Original; enjoy watching the alchemy as the ice water and Herbsaint Original combine, creating the classic Herbsaint Drip.

In the early days of Legendre & Co., J. Marion Legendre commissioned his own absinthe drip glass sets, giving a few lucky authors and celebrities their own Herbsaint Drip Glasses, these glasses were among the best designed absinthe styled drip glasses made. Offered for sale via mail order the Herbsaint Drip Glasses were available into the 1960s. 

For those not lucky enough to own a vintage Herbsaint Drip Glass, I’d recommend picking up a Herbsaint etched dripper from the Tales of the Cocktail website here:
The modern Herbsaint etched dripper works quite well, and I have a couple in my own collection that I use when the vintage Herbsaint Drip Glass stays in the cabinet.   
As for a recommendation for an absinthe glass, I recommend one of the La Rochere Perigord type glasses, which are quite easy to find from a number of sources, but feel free to use one of a number of reproduction absinthe glasses for those that do not wish to use an antique absinthe glass.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

At the Sazerac Company Tasting Room, Tales of the Cocktail 2010

We were able to make an all too brief visit to Tales of the Cocktail 2010 in New Orleans, while there, we displayed part of our collection at The Sazerac Company Tasting Room,
and we were able to enjoy a cold Herbsaint Frappé on a hot New Orleans day at Tales of the Cocktail 2010.

 It was great fun getting to talk to about the history of Herbsaint to the visitors, and being able to see Sazerac Company Brand Manager Kevin Richards, and Sazerac Company CEO Mark Brown.who were the two people responsible for the revival of Herbsaint Original.

Because of the dedication and hard work of Mark Brown, and Kevin Richards, and The Sazerac Company's dedication to quality, everyone can now enjoy Herbsaint Original, and taste what vintage Herbsaint was like in the 1930s and 1940s.

Monday, June 7, 2010

We haven't gone away....

We've just been very busy with too many things happening all at once. 
  I'll be posting some updates on Legendre and Jung & Wulff soon. In the meantime, enjoy a glass of Herbsaint, and stay tuned.......

Monday, January 25, 2010

L.E. Jung & Wulff Absinthe

It appears that the surviving L.E. Jung & Wulff Absinthe bottle dates later than previously thought, (1930s) but is still an incredibly rare surviving artifact of absinthe in New Orleans. (Perhaps far more rare than Pre-Ban)

After some extensive digging, I've been able to pull together some fascinating information on L.E. Jung, and L. E. Jung & Wulff.

Stay tuned...

Sunday, January 3, 2010

1933 Legendre Absinthe Frappé

Here is a nice variation on the traditional Herbsaint Frappé, presenting the December1933 Legendre Absinthe Frappé.
Appearing on an early promotional poster announcing Legendre Absinthe, December 1933, during the short few months, until the FACA required Legendre & Co. to remove the word absinthe from the label.

1933 Legendre Absinthe Frappé.
Fill large glass with shaved ice
One Teaspoon Benedictine
Two Tablespoons Legendre Absinthe (Use 2009 Herbsaint Original)
Four Tablespoons of water

Cover Glass with a shaker and shake until frosted-strain into
small glass and serve.