Absinthe Glass Styles
Absinthe glasses also come in a wide variety of sizes and styles. The main categories include:
Blown Or Molded Absinthe Glasses
Mouth Blown Absinthe Glasses are more delicate, lighter in weight and tend to cost more. Although they are thinner and lighter, they can still be as rugged as molded glass. When buying blown absinthe glasses, look for crystal or borosilicate glass as these tend to be very strong. Molded absinthe glasses are thicker and heavier and are usually much less expensive than blown glass. Molded glasses are also very rugged and hold up well for commercial purposes.
Some Absinthe glasses have a reservoir or small "bowl" at the bottom of the glass. There are also absinthe glasses with a line molded into or drawn on the glass. Absinthe Glasses with Reservoirs or Dose Lines are used to measure your dose of absinthe. They usually measure between 1 and 1.5 ounces. This is of course just an approximation. You may prefer more or less absinthe. Absinthe is usually mixed 1:3 to 1:5 with water
When you use your absinthe spoon, you slowly drip water over the spoon into the glass using a carafe or pitcher. This can be difficult and time consuming. An absinthe Dripper is a small bowl with a tiny hole in it. You place the bowl on top of your glass and fill it with water and it slowly adds the water to the glass for you. The next step up from a dripper is the fountain. See Fountain or Fountains
Absinthe Sipping Pipes are used to drink absinthe straight. They are small glass "pipes" that are filled with absinthe, with or without water and ice and sipped slowly. They generally hold about 2-3 ounces. Some Brouilleurs allow you to louche your absinthe directly in the pipe (See Right). They are a great way to limit your Absinthe consumption.