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L'heure de l'absinthe a Forcalquier en 1913

The Legend

Legend has it the first true Absinthe recipe was created by Dr. Pierre Ordinaire in 1792 in rural France. Dr. Pierre Ordinaire, shortly after the French revolution, traveled around the Val de Travers on his faithful horse Rocket and sold his Absinthe initially as an all-purpose cure-all, an “elixir.” Dr. Ordinaire’s talents for apothecary and medicine yielded an elixir that may have been designed as a medicinal invention, but over time it became widely accepted as a recreational drink. People loved the taste and the effect, some even claimed to be cured of all their ailments. When Dr. Ordinaire died, the recipe ended up mysteriously in the hands of the sisters Henriod at the beginning of the 19th century. The sisters carried on producing this elixir, mostly from their home, but the pleasant aroma, taste and experience continued building the popularity of this historical drink. By the middle of the 18th century, the French troops fighting in Algeria returned to France bringing with them a taste for this anise flavored “elixir,” mostly due to a similar anisette elixir that was being administered to the troops as a fever preventative. It was at this time that Dr Ordinaire’s Absinthe was sold by the sisters and then mass produced for an affordable price. The onset of mass production caused the price of absinthe to drop significantly and the market expanded. Since the cafés were an extremely popular place to socialize, it became common practice for a wide array of people to enjoy Absinthe Ordinaire during L’Heure Verte, or the Green Hour because of Absinthe Ordinaire’s great taste and affordable price. This exciting drink now began rapidly traveling across the café tables from the south of France to the café tables of Montmartre in Paris, where his now legendary and mystical Absinthe would end up gracing the lips of artists, musicians, writers and poets alike, ultimately becoming the symbol of the free and easy bohemian spirit for the masses. We wonder if Dr. Ordinaire had any idea his “elixir” could have turned into something so magnificent.

Journal Entry

Click here to read a translation of the actual journal entry from a company catalog in 1896 describing the history and reason behind exploiting the Absinthe Ordinaire recipe.

Botanicals

Absinthe Ordinaire is made from natural, traditional Absinthe botanicals, not oils or essences, including a full measure of the legendary botanical Wormwood or Artemisia Absinthium.  Some of the other botanicals that give Absinthe Ordinaire its unique and flavorful taste profile include Sweet Anise, Star Anise, Sweet Balm, Mugwort (rumored to stir human passions, perhaps the French touch!) and peppermint.

Distillation

Absinthe Ordinaire is made in Forcalquier at Distilleries-Domaines de Provence in the south of France. It is distilled using the same artisanal methods from late nineteenth century Paris.  Absinthe Ordinaire recalls one of the earliest absinthe recipes and first commercially successful absinthe brand.

Distillery photos

Botanicals

Absinthe Ordinaire recalls one of the original and most commercially successful Absinthe recipes during the glittering era of La Belle Époque Paris.
Absinthe Ordinaire is handcrafted in rural southern France using only the highest quality distillation methods and ingredients.

Absinthe Ordinaire is made from natural, traditional Absinthe botanicals, not oils or essences, including a full measure of the legendary botanical
Wormwood or Artemisia Absinthium. Some of the other botanicals that give Absinthe Ordinaire its unique and flavorful taste profile include Sweet Anise, Star Anise, Sweet Balm, Mugwort (rumored to stir human passions, perhaps the French touch!) and peppermint.

Recipe


The Absinthe Ritual


Much of the romance of Absinthe was in the preparation ritual. To recapture the charm of the traditional preparation, simply follow the illustration below. Remember, Absinthe Ordinaire is 92 proof so beware of the Green Fairy and enjoy Absinthe Ordinaire responsibly.

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TOULOUSE-LAUTREC’S EARTHQUAKE

Old-fashioned glass:
2 ounces of Absinthe Ordinaire
2 ounces of cognac
(We recommend Belle Paire, a great new pear cognac!)
Lots of ice.

Mix the ingredients in the old-fashioned glass with lots of ice!

MARTINI avec MOI

1 shot of Absinthe Ordinaire
1 & ½ ounces of Remy Grand Cru VS
¾ ounce (or a splash) of Lillet Blonde
1 tiny splash of Crème de Cassis.

In a shaker filled with ice, mix 1 shot of Absinthe Ordinaire, 1 & ½ ounces of Remy Grand Cru VS, ¾ ounce (or a splash) of Lillet Blonde, and 1 tiny splash of Crème de Cassis. Shake until freezing cold, and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

FRENCH FIZZ

1 ounce of Absinthe Ordinaire
1 ounce of Alize (passion)
¼ ounce of pineapple juice
½ ounce of sweet & sour
club soda
pineapple wedge and/or maraschino cherry.

In a shaker filled with ice, mix 1 ounce of Absinthe Ordinaire, 1 ounce of Alize (passion), ¼ ounce of pineapple juice, ½ ounce of sweet & sour, and top with club soda. Shake until freezing cold, and strain contents into a martini glass. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and/or maraschino cherry

PARROQUET

4 ounces of Evian water
1 ounce of mint syrup (or a mint liqueur)
2 ounces of Absinthe Ordinaire.
mint sprig

Fill a highball glass with ice. Add 4 ounces of Evian water, 1 ounce of mint syrup (or a mint liqueur), and 2 ounces of Absinthe Ordinaire.Garnish with a mint sprig.

THE WALL STREET

1 ounce of Absinthe Ordinaire
2 ounces of Stoli Vanil
¾ ounces of Carpano Vermouth
orange slice or orange twist.

In a shaker, mix 1 ounce of Absinthe Ordinaire, 2 ounces of Stoli Vanil, and ¾ ounces of Carpano Vermouth. Shake until freezing cold. Strain into martini glass and garnish by floating an orange slice or drop in an orange twist.

THE GREEN FAIRY

2 ounces of Absinthe Ordinaire
1 ounce of GET 27
splash of lemon juice.
½ teaspoon of sugar if you desire.
lemon slice or twisted lemon peel

In a shaker filed with ice, mix 2 ounces of Absinthe Ordinaire, 1 ounce of GET 27 and a splash of lemon juice. Add a ½ teaspoon of sugar if you desire. Shake until the green fairy wakes up. Strain into martini glass and garnish by floating a lemon slice or drop in a twisted lemon peel.

THE BIG EASY

shot of Absinthe Ordinaire
2 shots of bourbon
1 sugar cube or a 1/2 teaspoon sugar
dash of bitters.
Lemon peel garnish is optional.

Fill an old fashioned glass (low ball) with ice. Pour in a shot of Absente and top with water. But don’t drink. Let it sit. Separately In a shaker, mix 1 shot of Absente, 2 shots of bourbon, and top with water. Add 1 sugar cube or a 1/2 teaspoon sugar, and a dash of bitters. Shake until cold. Empty the first glass (or drink it and don’t tell anyone). Then strain the shaker’s contents into the coated, cool glass. Lemon peel garnish is optional.

THE FRAPPE

2 ounces of Absinthe Ordinaire
½ ounce of anisette
4 ounces of soda water (or seltzer if you prefer).
crushed ice

Fill a tall glass with a mountain of crushed ice. Pour 2 ounces of Absinthe Ordinaire, ½ ounce of anisette and 4 ounces of soda water (or seltzer if you prefer). Mix and enjoy.

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