Monthly Archives: August 2007

Last Night With Reality (Absinth)

Reality Absinth

The original is available via Leif Rogers – and we understand that he will also produce a limited edition of signed prints. Watch out for his “Absinthe Collection – Fall 2007” which will also include “Absinthe Dreams” – currently sold out – and his original “Absinthe” in a strictly limited edition of 100 high quality prints signed by the artist.

Message from Arnaud Van De Casteele

Cafe Slavia

Cafe Slavia, Prague

Here is a message from Arnaud Van De Casteele – please post suggestions and advice in the comments below.

Hello everybody !

My name is Arnaud , I’m French and I excuse for my English ! I am in doctorate in Sociology Anthropology and prepares a thesis on the Absinth. You can see my site : . That made from now on more than 5 years that I am interested truly in the Absinth in all his forms and with all his actors. I was born into France country not far from Pontarlier and since my tender childhood I always intended to speak about the green fairy. As, more as all I am impassioned subject and people who live her Absinth’ world. For my anthropological work, I have an ethnological step of ground, i.e. which I travel to the meeting of anybody who want to speak to me well about the Absinth according to their point of view. I will be very honoured with being able from now on to meet more and to discuss with people coming from the United States or other countries and I thought that you could have helped me while speaking about my research. Thus horticulturists, producers legal and clandestin, alcohol salesmen, restorers, professionals of tourism, scientists biochemists, and biensur… of the Absinth Drinkers ! I began my ground in the area of the east of France and in Switzerland, visiting Paris and opening my ground maintaining in Europe: Spain, Portugal, England, Italy, Germany.

I will be in Roumania ( 5 at 12 october) in Barsana to make a communication in a anthropologic conference of “Food and Rituals”. I currently prepare one “Ethnologicalroad absinth” connecting Prague in Bucharest, while passing by Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Barsana and Cluj. I need some addresses of bars places, distillings, and autochtone’s contacts. I am opened with all practical information and assistances to organize my way as well as possible. Also if you have information on the various visited countries, do not hesitate with me to forward them. So, If you knows some people in this city, absinth’s drinkers or not, Absinth drink and distillery, you can perhaps give me her email. If you gan give me some help, you welcome!

Many Thanks

Ethnologue Absintheur

Absinthe Muse in Summer

Summertime is Reality time – this stunning Czech absinth is just perfect on the rocks – watch it melt to a cool lime white louche, and then enjoy the herbal intensity of this 100% natural Czech product.

Remember Muse in an Absinthe Tank and the Reality Absinth Poster? The Bairnsfather Absinth poster girl is back by popular demand – and this time in cool summer apparel.

Stunning! rather like Reality Absinth, with it’s 35mg thujone content, expertly filtered from the finest wormwood. Anyone care to guess what the plant in picture two is? Want to taste some in all it’s pure glory? You need to know where to look! As the saying goes it’s “as rare as hen’s teeth“, with the production being bought up as fast as the hand finished bottles leave the family distillery.

Bairnsfather Reality is currently available in very few places in Prague (write to me and I’ll tell you where) and only via a few selected absinthe webshops. Prague wine bars are starting to serve burcak, and that means autumn is coming! Will there be an Absinthe Muse in Autumn? I hope so 🙂

Absinth Bairnsfather

Absinth Bairnsfather




Prague Food Festival 2007

Prague Food Festival

Date: September 7 – 9, 2007
Time: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Venue: Museum Kampa, U Sovových mlýnů 2, Praha 1 – Malá Strana

Some highlights:

*Goose liver foam with pear ragout & marinated cherries.

*Beef tripe in truffle béchamel with fresh marjoram.

*Prague suckling pig, served with crackling and spanish onion rings dressed in virgin olive oil.

*Grilled Coquille St. Jacques on tomato brunoaz with lime oil and fresh lettuce leaves – for Robert-Gilles 🙂

*Pork cubes roasted with onion in black beer, served with red cabbage, potato and grated potato dumplings.

*Cottage cheese dumplings with plum jam and gingerbread sauce.

Dobrou chut!

Absinthe Dreams

Absinthe Dreams

“Absinthe Dreams” by Leif Rogers

More cool absinthe art from Leif! Check it out here:

The drawing is also discussed here. It works well against the white background. Great drawing – love the sense of motion – and two green fairies from one bottle of absinthe! or are we seeing double? More please – perhaps one featuring your favourite, Leif?


Update: Leif Rogers is displaying his works at the 22nd annual Bucktown Arts Fest  (Stand 065) this weekend, August 25th – 26th. If you are in the Chicago area take a look at the website for directions.

Czech Absinth Haters

Prague 1968

The Brave Students of Prague in 1968

Compare this picture with these words posted from Amsterdam in 2007

During the Prague Spring of 1968, absinthe was popular among students and jazz fans. Old Czech jazz musicians still recall all-night, absinthe-fuelled jam sessions during those heady months. When the Soviet tanks rolled into Prague, an unknown student, holed up in a bar and lacking the means to make a petrol bomb, remembered the high alcohol content of a local brand of absinthe. He quickly improvised a Molotov Cocktail from a bottle and a tea towel and hurled it into action against an onrushing Uncle Joe. The tank crew escaped the resulting inferno, but only barely. The flaming sugar cube atop a Czech absinthe is really a homage to the brave unknown student, but foreign tourists don’t care, so bartenders just tell them it’s how the French used to drink it. Absinthe connoisseurs maintain that the best way to serve Czech absinthe is in the original manner. If no enemy tank is handy, the side of a building or a nearby bridge abutment will do. Any method that doesn’t involve drinking the stuff is fine.

This deeply stupid pack of lies, which is allegedly from correspondence with the BBC in London, appears on a web forum called This invented story is also very offensive, as it is a nasty perversion of a real historic event. It seems that nothing is sacred in the minds of the warmongers who spit their poison at this ancient city.

In 5 days time it will be the 39th anniversary of the Soviet invasion, and the end of the Prague Spring.

Prague 1968

Source: Labadie Collection of Social Protest Material

Absinthe Art

Absinthe Art

“Absinthe” by Leif Rogers (