Absinthe drinkers have a few options when it comes to preparing their absinthe, they can can pour ice water from a carafe or some make-shift “fountain” or head out and buy an easy low-cost glass fountain. If you plan to drink a lot of absinthe, or at least put a dent in your bottle, you’ll find money best spent on a real absinthe fountain.
Absinthe isn’t cheap, typically hitting the USD $60 price tag and beyond. If you’re willing to invest a bit of money into an absinthe spirit it may be in your best interest to spend a little more to prepare a good louche. AbsintheDevil.com has a huge list of available absinthe fountains from basic to ultra fancy and we’re going to take a look at an economical value play with their USD $44 Glass Absinthe Fountain.
This fountain is 18.5-inches tall (with lid), 4-1/2 inches in diameter and has two faucets (also known as robinettes). The two faucets allow you to easily louche two glasses at a time, allowing you to quickly fill glasses at a party or for a guest/loved one. The fountain itself holds a good amount of water and has a 9-inch clearance under the faucet to allow fairly large absinthe glasses as targets for your absinthe pleasure.
This specific fountain isn’t extremely fancy and doesn’t have a lot of flare when it comes to showing off your cool device. However, it has a highly practical use at an affordable price and you’re getting actual cast metal faucets, not plastic. My largest gripe with this fountain is the positioning of the faucets, they’re way too high in the bowl which leaves you with a substantial amount of cold water at the bottom of the bowl. The high faucets require you to tip the fountain at an angle to drip the last remaining water from the faucet to your cup.
You can alleviate the problems of faucet height by filling the fountain with a good amount of ice and water. In my case, I wanted to use spring water and ice, so wasting the water I paid for doesn’t agree with me, so I tend to skimp on filling the fountain. Had the faucets been lower, it would have been much less annoying. But, the $44 price-tag for a glass fountain with metal faucets doesn’t give me much room for complaint.
If you want to play the economics card, buying an absinthe fountain that’s cheaper than your absinthe is a desirable alternative to costly designs. This fountain shines of practicality with a dual-faucet for functionality.