Marteau Absynthe. This wonderful artisanal spirit is a new standard on the local Seattle bar scene. All natural, completely locally sourced and distilled, this takes craft cocktail components to an entirely new level.

More traditionally, Marteau can be used as a gorgeous, opalescent aperitif. Just add about 5 parts water to 1 part absynthe, a little sugar to taste, and sip. This is a highly nuanced, over-the-top aromatic experience. The obvious fennel frond and licorice notes are rounded out by a freshness full of citrus peel and seaweed.

There’s a savory component to the flavor profile as well, a salty, bracing minerality that lingers long after the more primary flavors dissipate.

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I love all things Italian: the beautiful country of Italia, the Italians themselves, the language, the food… and above all, I love Italian wine. The people I meet in my charmed life are fascinating, the wines are extraordinary. I needed a special place like this to write about them, and to remember them.

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  1. Jennifer Avventura

    I tried absynthe in a seedy bar in Czech Republic, then I had a second and I don’t remember much after that. But Prague is a really pretty city. 🙂


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