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The Green Fairy Works Her Magic

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Absinthe poured over a sugar cube produces the Green Fairy in the glass.

Pavil Resaturant and Bar, 1818 N. Loop 1604 W., is celebrating Bastille Day (that’s July 14) with an absinthe tasting. The Green Fairy, as the drink is also known, was once outlawed in this country and has only recently been made legal again.

For $45, customers will get four .5-ounce pours of various versions of the drink.

For newcomers, the restaurant is offering the following tasting guide:

Color: When considering a verte, or green absinthe, the color should look natural and not “glowing” or artificial. When considering a blanche, or clear absinthe, the color should be clear, bright and free of color. Note: Some absinthe (verte or blanche) may have visible sediment. This is not always bad but may contribute to a grainy taste.

Louche: The louche is the cloudy, white, opalescent color absinthe takes as water is added as the herbal oils are released form the absinthe. The louche should be prominent but still translucent. A quality absinthe will usually provide the best louche at a 1:3 to 1:5 ratio.

Aroma: Refers to the aromas released while louching. As water is added and the herbal oils are released, the aromas of the various herbs are also released giving off a pleasant, flowery nose.

Flavor: This is a personal preference. Absinthe will vary greatly in taste from one to the next and between verte and blanche. Overall, an absinthe should have a well balanced herbal flavor with no one taste over-powering another (this includes the taste of alcohol).

Finish: This is basically the mouth-feel or aftertaste. You can find a rather expensive absinthe that has an incredible start but finishes with an unpleasant aftertaste.

For more information, call 210-479-5000.

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