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Absinthiades 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Elaine O'Regan   
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:44

Jane and George Rowley are looking forward to travelling to Pontarlier this weekend for the 15th annual Absinthiades, where they will be chatting with industry associates and enthusiasts during this celebration of all things absinthe (and enjoying a glass or two!)


This year’s Absinthiades poster highlights the centenary of the French Absinthe Ban of 1915.
Jane and George, with Marie-Claude Delahaye (founder of Le Musée de L’Absinthe, Auvser~sur~Oise) played a central role in returning Absinthe distilling to France over fifteen years ago with La Fée Absinthe.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 October 2015 08:24
Sloe Absinthe Time! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Elaine O'Regan   
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 14:27

Sloes are ready to be picked for some festive fun! We hit the hedgerow, raided some gin (Tanqueray and Highgrove Organic) from the cellar and then thought it would be fun to pit it against La Fée Blanche Sloe Absinthe.

Ingredients & method:

  • 450g/1lb sloes
  • 225g/8oz caster sugar
  • 1 litre/1¾ pint gin or La Fée Blanche Absinthe Supérieure
  • Prick the tough skin of the sloes all over with a clean needle and put in a large sterilised jar.
  • Pour in the sugar and the gin [or absinthe], seal tightly and shake well.
  • Store in a cool, dark cupboard and shake every other day for a week. Then shake once a week for at least two months.
  • Strain the sloe gin through muslin into a sterilised bottle.
    (recipe from

Sloe Gin v Sloe Absinthe

We will have a comparative tasting in three months and update then!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 September 2015 08:28
Expanding Duty Free – Sharjah International PDF Print E-mail
Written by Elaine O'Regan   
Monday, 07 September 2015 11:15

Alongside Dubai International Airport, La Fée expands Parisienne Absinthe Superiéure in the UAE to include Sharjah International Airport

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 September 2015 08:24
Belle Epoque Party PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 06 July 2015 11:55

Photo booth at the Clare Hall, Cambridge, Belle Epoque Soirée 2015 sponsored by La Fée Absinthe.


Last Updated on Monday, 06 July 2015 11:56
Comme un Avion PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 10:10

New French Film, Comme un Avion, featuring a recurring Absinthe theme.   Marie-Claude Delahaye of the Absinthe Museum in Auvers-sur-Oise offered her Absinthe expertise to the film's director, Bruno Podalydès.



Agnès Jaoui.  Production Photo

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 June 2015 12:32
Death in the Afternoon PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 10:31

Hemingway entered his absinthe cocktail into a selection of celebrity drinks recipes, compiled in a 1935 masterpiece called "So Red the Nose, or, Breath in the Afternoon". This legendary book contains cocktail recipes by 30 leading authors of its time.

"Pour one jigger absinthe into a Champagne glass. Add iced Champagne until it attains the proper opalescent milkiness. Drink three or five of these slowly".


Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 10:31
Absinthe : should you drink it neat? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 20 March 2015 12:14

First Published by Marie-Claude DELAHAYE on 16 June 2014


Water is absolutely indispensable.


  © Collection Delahaye

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 April 2015 11:42
Absinthe Ban 16th March 1915 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 16 March 2015 10:55

On 16th March 1915 the Green Fairy was banned in France!


"Absinthe Journal - Tokens for sale!  10 centimes go to support poor absinthe manufacturers!" 

Cartoon by O'Galop, Le Rire Rouge, 1915. Collection Delahaye.


Marie-Claude Delahaye of the French Absinthe Museum, Auvers-sur-Oise, outlines the absinthe ban introduced on 16th March 1915.

Read more in French … or with the help of Google Translate!

Last Updated on Monday, 16 March 2015 11:00
A History of Absinthe Spoons PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 05 February 2015 11:07

Marie-Claude Delahaye,  founder of the Absinthe Museum in Auvers-sur-Oise, has kindly allowed us to translate her blog on the history of Absinthe Spoons which answers some of the frequently asked questions.  To see original blog :


First Published by Marie-Claude DELAHAYE, 17 June 2014

© Delahaye


What are the spoons used for?

Absinthe spoons are simply used for placing a sugar cube on.

Absinthe, a spirit obtained by the maceration and then distillation of plants at 68º to 72º, has no sugar added to the bottle.  In order to soften this strong spirit, sugar is added just before drinking.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 11:44
Centenary of the French Absinthe ban 1915 - 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 January 2015 12:27

This famous poster shows the Green Fairy being burnt at the stake in France, whilst her Swiss sister looks down from above, having suffered the same fate in 1910

This week saw the centenary of France's ban on Absinthe; the government unsurprisingly thought that overconsumption wouldn't help the war effort.  Believe it or not, Russia also banned the sale of Vodka at the outbreak of the 1st World War, but this lasted only 11 years instead of the 97 years of the Absinthe ban.  The temperance movement and French wine producers were delighted by the banning of the "Green Curse".  In dramatic posters from 1915, the Green Fairy is shown burning at the stake, while across the Swiss border her sister looks down from above having suffered a similar fate.  Thanks to La Fée's work in the late nineties, we can all once again enjoy the delights of the Green Fairy - why not celebrate with one of our fine absinthes!?

Read the full story of La Fée's absinthe revival here.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 October 2015 08:55
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