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how to serve Artemisia Absinthe
With the veto in France, the Green fairy (nickname given for the spell which enveloped the drinker) appeared in other countries which were more permissive, in particular in the Iberian peninsula and in central Europe. Around 1920, absinthe found the perfect dwelling in the Czech territory of Bohemia. In fact, it is from here that we get the name Bohemian Absinthe.

The new 'fairy' was 70 proof, more alcoholic than the French 68 proof . It was light emerald green, almost turquoise, but compared to the French product it did not have that strong aftertaste of anise and therefore revealed to a greater extent the taste of coriander, liquorice and fennel. It did not become opalescent when water was added.

The preparation of this drink no longer took place in the traditional manner and this certainly increased the appeal of the beverage.

At the last world congress of the GREEN FAIRY which took place at the Slow Food Show in Turin in 2004, all the major experts in absinthe agreed that there are two ways of preparing the drink which can be considered classical: the traditional Parisian method and the Bohemian or Prague method (flambé).

To prepare Absinthe in the traditional Parisian method you need a cone-shaped goblet, the special perforated spoon, a sugar cube and ice water.

Parisian Artemisia
The traditional preparation of Artemisia Absinthe with the classical French method, which is called Parisian because it was very popular in Paris in the ‘800s, consists in pouring 25 ml. Of absinthe in a cone-shaped goblet, hold a spoon with a sugar cube over the glass and then fill the glass by pouring between 4 to 5 parts of water, slowly over the sugar, letting it dissolve slowly.
Bohemian Artemisia (flambé)
To prepare a traditional Artemesia Absinthe with the Bohemian method you must pour a 25 ml. shot into a cone-shaped glass, place the spoon with the sugar cube soaked in Absinthe over the glass, letting it burn briefly. Put the flame out by pouring 2 parts of water over the sugar being careful to let it dissolve slowly.