Even among bar staff in France and the States, there exists a common misconception that the sale and consumption of absinthe is illegal. There is, however, a bar downtown that serves absinthe diluted into a cocktail.
Getting the bartender to serve the absinthe in its pure form is a simple four-step process.
- Order one aforementioned red absinthe cocktail.
- State that you would like the cocktail without sugar.
Important: Wait for an affirmative answer.
- Charmingly ask the bartender to also hold the water.
"They'll hesitate," according to this seasoned drinker, "but now they've committed to the possibility of withholding ingredients."
- Finally, request that the drink be served in a shot glass.