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Original Old Absinthe Bar

 
 
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By Mike Stroud, April 1, 2012
1. Original Old Absinthe Bar Marker
Inscription.

Est. 1806
A tradition in the french quarters. This is the bar known to travelers the world over. From it came the famous absinthe drip. The bar where Jean E Pierre LaFitte, Andrew Jackson, Mark Twain and other celebrities were served. If it could talk what stories the bar would tell of a thousand gone nights crowded into history.

 
Location. 29° 57.324′ N, 90° 4.105′ W. Marker is in New Orleans, Louisiana, in Orleans Parish. Marker is at the intersection of Bourbon Street, on the right when traveling east on Bourbon Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 240 Bourbon Street, New Orleans LA 70130, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Kolly Townhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Edison Place (within shouting distance of this marker); Conway’s Court (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rillieux – Waldhorn House (about 400 feet away); These Three Townhouse (about 400 feet away); Bank of Louisiana (about 500 feet away); Edgar Degas House (about 500 feet away); The Birthplace of “Dixie” (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in New Orleans.
 
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By Mike Stroud, April 1, 2012
2. Original Old Absinthe Bar Notables
Established 1807
Jean LaFitte
Andrew Jackson
Diamond Jim Moran
Tony Moran
Jimmy Moran Jr
Yousef Salem Al Adwan Jober T
Joseph Secreto
Marquis de La Fayette
Alexis Grand Duke of all Russias
Jenny Lind
William Makepeace Thackeray
Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard
Gen. Robert E. Lee
Jefferson Davis
Walt Whitman
P.T. Barnum
Oscar Wilde
Lafcadio Hearn
Mark Twain
O. Henry
Buffalo Bill Cody
Theodore Roosevelt
Enrico Caruso
Sarah Bernhardt
Victor Herbert
John L, Sullivan
William Howard Taft
Knute Rockne
Sir Thomas Lipton
John D. Rockefeller
Babe Ruth
Gen. John J. Pershing
Franklin D. Roosevelt
 The Old Absinthe House, history. ...The Old Absinthe House has a legacy following its every heartbeat”, this historic building was built in 1807. Originally the building was used as an importing firm, then converted to a “corner grocery “ of food, tobacco and fine Spanish liquor. In 1874, mixologist, Cayetano Ferrer, created a drink consisting of Absinthe—the “Old Absinthe House Frappe”. The popularity of this venomous green concoction consequently resulted in the coffee house being renamed “Absinthe Room,” and thus a legend was born! ... (Submitted on April 26, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Absinthe Drip:
It is an anise-flavoured spirit derived from botanicals, including the flowers and leaves of Artemisia absinthium (a.k.a. "grand wormwood"), together with green anise, sweet fennel, and other medicinal and culinary herbs. Absinthe traditionally has a natural green colour but may also be colourless. It is commonly referred to in historical literature as "la fée verte" (the green fairy).
Absinthe Drip:
Ingredients:
•2 oz absinthe or substitute
•1 sugar cube
•club soda

Preparation:
1.Pour absinthe into a mixing
Original Old Absinthe Bar and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud
3. Original Old Absinthe Bar and Marker
glass half filled with crushed ice.
2.Place the sugar cube on top of the ice.
3.Very slowly drip club soda on the sugar cube until it is completely dissolved.
4.Mix well.
5.Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
    — Submitted April 26, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Original Old Absinthe Bar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Pat Filippone, November 12, 2012
4. Original Old Absinthe Bar Marker
<i>The Old Absinthe House, New Orleans, La.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1920
5. The Old Absinthe House, New Orleans, La.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 659 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4. submitted on , by Pat Filippone of Stockton, California.   5. submitted on . This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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