Absinthe, The Green Hour

Morton’s The Steakhouse (GoogleMap) will be the host of “Absinthe, The Green Hour” tomorrow night (3/5) starting at 6pm. The event will allow guests to enjoy Pernod Absinthe in traditional style with the assistance of expert tasters of the high proof distilled spirit.

Absinthe (aka the “Green Fairy”) is a distilled, highly alcoholic that has a naturally green color. The drink became quite popular with Parisian writers and artists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. At that time the drink also came to be considered a “dangerously addictive psychoactive drug” and was banned in most European nations and the United States by 1915. This was later found out to be a great exaggeration and has since seen its revival in Europe beginning in the 1990’s and 2007 in the United States.

Pernod was the most popular brand of absinthe prior to 1915 and first came to France in 1805. Today, Pernod Absinthe is “based on the original recipe and returns to restore its reputation for quality and handcrafted excellence.”

Reservations are required and cost $45 per person (includes tax and gratuity). Guests will be treated to Morton’s private boardroom, three Pernod Absinthe cocktails and a Pernod Absinthe served in the traditional ritual which involves dripping ice water very slowly over a sugar cube that is placed on a slotted spoon over a glass of absinthe. The water passes through the spoon slots into the drink resulting in a green and flavorful drink. Guests will also enjoy oysters rockefeller made with absinthe, crab-stuffed mushrooms, sliced tenderloin on crostini and Morton’s famous miniature prime cheeseburgers.

Morton’s is located on the second floor of Cincinnati’s historic Carew Tower overlooking Fountain Square. Valet parking is available for $7. You can reserve your spot by calling (513) 621-3111.

By Randy A. Simes

Randy is an award-winning urban planner who founded UrbanCincy in May 2007. He grew up on Cincinnati’s west side in Covedale, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s nationally acclaimed School of Planning in June 2009. In addition to maintaining ownership and serving as the managing editor for UrbanCincy, Randy has worked professionally as a planning consultant throughout the United States, Korea and the Middle East. After brief stints in Atlanta and Chicago, he currently lives in the Daechi neighborhood of Seoul’s Gangnam district.