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Absinthe substitutes... gasp!!!!

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Archive through October 24, 2002Zman725 10-24-02  10:25 pm
Archive through October 30, 2002Genevieve25 10-30-02  9:15 pm
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Posted on Saturday, November 2, 2002 - 11:38 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I got a mini P'tit Bleu from Nice-Art as my gift for being a Forum member. It probably tastes quite similar to Ricard, but I haven't done a side-by-side taste. I actually liked it so much I ordered a regular size bottle. Maybe I watched too many Smurfs episodes...
Posted on Friday, November 1, 2002 - 11:22 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Has anyone tried P'tit Bleu Pastis De Marseille? I just ordered a bottle 'cuz I was curious about it. I don't know if it's readily available in the USA, but it sounded interesting.
Posted on Friday, November 1, 2002 - 9:57 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

There is also the Mini bottles of Montana from Spain.
Posted on Friday, November 1, 2002 - 9:55 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Actually, yeah, a sampler kit would be a good idea, and helpful to lots of folks. The closest thing I suppose, and it's not a "kit" per se but at least is less of a monetary risk to someone who doesn't know if they'll like absinthe, is the two-drink mini bottle of La Fee, which I think comes with a sugar cube and spoon as well. Granted, not everyone here likes La Fee, but it's a fairly reasonably priced way to at least get the idea of what absinthe is like, certainly preferable to using Herbsaint as a substitute.

Posted on Friday, November 1, 2002 - 5:37 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

''little sampler kit''

No but that would be a great idea !
Posted on Friday, November 1, 2002 - 1:52 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Huh... yeah, I smelled NyQuil as the glass got closer... yeeeeeechhhhhh!!! (violent shudder). Ok, next item on the itinerary then... actual absinthe. Are there any little sampler kit-like things that are any good?
Posted on Friday, November 1, 2002 - 11:45 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Ohhhhh shit:

1/4 bunch shallots
1 small sprig thyme
1/4 bunch spinach
2 small stalks green celery
1 cup plain water
1 cup oyster water
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 cup butter
1 ounce Absinthe
1/2 cup ground bread crumbs, toasted and sifted
Posted on Friday, November 1, 2002 - 7:44 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

the classic food recipe for absinthe is of course Oysters Rockefeller
Posted on Friday, November 1, 2002 - 7:30 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hehe... I used the royal "we" since I'm usually not the cook in the house... It enhances the flavor of fennel bulbs, which we eat often as a veggie. Also I think there's a grilled shrimp recipe (things on sticks, I love things on sticks) that he adds Herbsaint to.
Posted on Friday, November 1, 2002 - 4:01 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

had it in pontarlier, made with françois guy...quite tasty...
Posted on Friday, November 1, 2002 - 3:26 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Ummm I think I'll just stay clear non absinthe "absinthe". Though I guess if a was cooking something with an anise taste pernod would be a cheaper option. I wonder if there is a recipe for absinthe icecream?
Posted on Friday, November 1, 2002 - 1:05 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hey Absinthespoon... what sort of recipes? Care to share with the rest of the class?

Genevieve, that was pretty much my thougths on it as well. Just nasty. It looked kinda cool, but tasted not so good. Put any thought towards my idea?
Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2002 - 8:29 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Herbsainte is great to cook with. We put it in a lot of things, and it's cheap. But drinking it, no way.
Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2002 - 8:00 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post


is it supposed to taste like watered down jaegermeister?

No. Fully 50% of respondents say it tastes like boiled off Nyquil.

But then, they say that about absinthe as well.
Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2002 - 6:38 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Ok the Herbsaint wasn't free
but it was heartfelt.
Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2002 - 6:35 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

IMO, Herbsainte taste really bad.

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