Anyone who has ever tried absinthe will tell you that it’s quite the experience.
Derived from botanicals, this highly alcoholic (up to 74% alcohol by volume) distilled spirit was created in Switzerland back in 1789, before being popularized in Paris.
In order to make absinthe the right way, three ingredients are required; wormwood, fennel, and anise. Think it sounds a bit wild? Good — that’s the idea. You see, absinthe was banned from 1915 to 2007. However, it was never officially banned in Canada.
One of the few spots in the country where you can get an authentic absinthe service is right here in Vancouver, at Prohibition in the Rosewood Hotel Georgia.
Experience an absinthe service like no other for your next special occasion, whether you’re curious about the spirit that was once literally illegal, or if you’re an all-out absinthe veteran.
In order to ensure the highest standard of presentation for your experience, the cocktail club Prohibition uses Belle Epoque absinthe fountains for service.
Take your pick from the menu including local Taboo Genuine Absinthe, distilled in Okanagan BC using local botanicals and fennel; Green Tree Absinthe, distilled in the Czech Republic; or St. George, the first Californian absinthe to appear after the ban which uses a brandy base for the alcohol (which is typically grain-based).
First, your absinthe tower is filled with crushed ice and chilled water, before your mixologist pours the absinthe into an ornate absinthe glass. A spoon with a sugar cube is then placed on top, and when cold water is dripped over the sugar cube, it drips into the absinthe below.
When you’re ready to sip (because you don’t drink absinthe in gulps), take a deep breath, and enjoy the botanical scent before asking your friends what they think of this heritage spirit.
There’s nowhere quite like the intimate setting of this cocktail club to experience absinthe because you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported back to the roaring 20s, without ever having to leave Vancouver. And that’s pretty spectacular.
Address: Hotel Georgia — 801 West Georgia Street