The Absinthe Frappe

The Absinthe Frappe

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The Absinthe Frappe examines the history of absinthe, its origins, and its influences, culminating in the story of the iconic New Orleans cocktail. Marielle Songy reveals how bartender Cayetano Ferrer invented the concoction and delves into the early days of the drink and its first home, the Old Absinthe House in the Crescent City. She explores the ban on absinthe in the United States and Europe and the misguided reasoning behind it, all in the context of New Orleans's response to national Prohibition more broadly. Finally, Songy discusses the lifting of the restrictions on absinthe in 2007, a move largely spearheaded by New Orleans scientist and master distiller Theodore Breaux, who dispelled long-held notions that the Green Fairy invariably drove its connoisseurs to madness.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 138 pages
  • 127 x 178 x 8.13mm | 226.8g
  • Baton Rouge, United States
  • English
  • 14 color images, scattered
  • 0807179299
  • 9780807179291

Review quote

"Songy's history of absinthe, the most storied of spirits, and the absinthe frappé, a truly essential New Orleans cocktail, is brisk, charming, and well-researched. The cocktail guide in The Absinthe Frappé deserves bonus points for including the necromancer, one of my favorite modern absinthe classics. Cheers!"--T. Cole Newton, president of the United States Bartenders' Guild and author of Cocktail Dive Bar: Real Drinks, Fake History, and Questionable Advice from New Orleans's Twelve Mile Limit
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About Marielle Songy

Marielle Songy is a writer and journalist living in New Orleans.
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