July 2015

News & Events |  July 2015

Absinthe workshop, Some Place, Liverpool

Absinthe workshop, Some Place, Liverpool

I had the opportunity to visit one of my favourite absinthe bars in Liverpool recently. Someplace is located in Seel Street, a lively stretch that runs through the Ropewalks area of Liverpool, which contains more bars than you could visit in an evening and still be able to walk home! The thing that I really like about this bar is that it seamlessly combines being an absinthe bar with being a regular cocktail bar. It combines the style of drinking absinthe in the traditional way with fountains with the art of cocktail making, much as I imagine the 19th century Parisian bars did, after all, not everyone drinks absinthe all the time. So you don’t feel that you are in an ‘absinthe theme park’, but a busy local bar where people choose to drink absinthe because they like it.

The workshop was held on a Saturday at 12.00 noon, after the bar staff had been working until 4.00am that morning, so respect is due to them for returning to their place of work so early! To help make the early start more pleasurable I introduced them to my all time favourite absinthe cocktail, the Suissesse. This is a mix of absinthe, orgeat syrup, single cream and egg white blended with shaved ice. One was whipped up in a matter of minutes and put smiles on the faces of everyone present. I am hoping that it finds its way on to their cocktail list!

My idea of a workshop is that I should learn as much from the attendees as they learn from me. So whilst I get asked about production methods and history, I discover what the latest cocktail trends are and who actually drinks absinthe and how they prefer to drink it. So I discover that at Someplace, up to 25% of the sales come from absinthe (and on the night I was present every table in the bar had a fountain in use). They have a tasting menu that has over a dozen absinthes listed by the glass and a comprehensive cocktail list featuring both classic and modern absinthe cocktails, if I had to choose just one I’d go with the Sazerac.

Enigma absinthe tasting and master class @ The Kazimier Garden

Enigma absinthe tasting and master class @ The Kazimier Garden











LDF's founder gave a talk on the history and production of absinthe accompanied by a tasting of three Enigma absinthes. Among the topics covered were whether absinthe could be used with various mixers such as colas. The conclusion was that it could, experimentation is encouraged!

News & Events |  July 2015