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Traditionally this drink was served with cold water and a cube of sugar because absinthe is very bitter. The sugar was placed on a decorative, nearly flat, slotted absinthe spoon, and water was drizzled over it into the glass, turning the liquid a milky greenish white (called louching).
Absinthe cocktails are becoming quite popular. Use a slotted absinthe spoon to simulate the original, though a silver tea strainer will work just as well.
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