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An Inside Look at Pernod's Absinthe Dinner

May 7 2010 - 2:55pm

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Emperor Norton 1, a beloved San Francisco drunk [1], watches guard over the bar.

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Why does it look like everyone is snapping photos? Because they are a bunch of hungry journalists excited to see the much-hyped-about space.

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The decor is very vintage.

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I love this wallpaper. I wonder if Casa [2] knows who it's by?

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Owner and barman Jeff Hollinger pours the first round of absinthe drinks. This one, called the Duchess, is a mixture of sweet and dry vermouth with absinthe.

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Aren't the glasses beautiful?

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The menu of drinks served for the special event.

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The Turf Cocktail was potent but delicious.

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Addictive fried fava beans tasted like buttered popcorn.

Our Ride

To ensure that no one was driving drunk, Pernod provided three elegant vintage cars to take the group from one place to the next. It was really fun!

Fifth Floor: First Bite

When we sat down to dinner at the Fifth Floor, there was a spoon topped with a delectable carrot on each plate.

First Course

The Arles Sunflower combined Absolut mandarin with pineapple gum syrup and absinthe. The resulting drink was both refreshing and citrusy.

First Course

A crudo of hamachi and halibut sashimi [3] was lightly seasoned with lime, olive oil, and agave.

Fifth Floor

Steven Liles, the magnificent barman at the Fifth Floor, explains his cocktail to the crowd.

Second Course

The Glowing Heart (SF) was my favorite drink. A mixture of gin, absinthe, pear liqueur, and citrus juice, it was complex but delightful to drink.

Second Course

The only thing wrong with this pork belly with white asparagus and English pea pancake was the fact that I wanted a portion twice the size! It was excellent.

Third Course

The Rising Road consisted of whiskey, absinthe, and sloe gin, making it one very strong concoction.

Third Course

Luckily, the rich sweetness of the dessert, a chocolate fondant cake and popcorn ice cream, cut the potency of the cocktail.


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