Absinthe at the Zombie Bar


It’s Friday, suckers. That means we’re in weekend mode. Well, not quite yet, but the pizza still flows like wine. Particularly because our fabricators are drinking smoothies made out of pizza and coffee creamer. So maybe flowing like chunky pizza wine.

As we mentioned in a previous post, after we’re done making haunted house props and pushing around boxes of pneumatics and motors, we like to unwind at a weird little spot called Donny Dirk’s Zombie Den. Recently, we dropped by for a small round of absinthe poured by a most dutiful and talented bartender. Zach. Or Zack. Or Zaqq. Or Xakqk, maybe.

Once banned in the United States (modern absinthe still cannot contain more than 10 mg/l of thujone), the highly alcoholic green-colored beverage made from wormwood, fennel and anise has been a favorite for poets and other creatives for centuries. Personally, we drink it because we’re weird.

As you can probably tell from the pictures, properly drinking absinthe is a process. You start by placing a sugar cube on a special slotted absinthe spoon over the top of the glass. Then you pour the absinthe over.



After that comes the fun part: lighting things on fire. You do this to caramelize the sugar for a more complex taste. Probably.


Then ice water is poured over the top, causing the sugar to drip into the beverage. From what I’ve read, you’re supposed to do this before the sugar starts to actually turn brown and burn.


After you’ve conquered the mysterious blue flame of evil, your absinthe is ready to drink. A few notes about absinthe:

– Tastes like licorice sweat from a wizard’s hat
– Looks like thin green slime
– Drinking it involves lighting things on fire for fun

If you ask me, that’s about the most Halloween/Haunter/Heathen drink you could ask for, right? Want more info and cool pictures of the stuff? Crazy pop art of women dressed like faeries, tossing around bottles? Find more about absinthe on Pinterest and while you’re at it, follow us on Pinterest, too.

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