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An occasional alternative to the perforated spoon was the brouilleur, or mixer - a small metal or
glass bowl that sat on top of the glass, and which, when filled with water, automatically
dripped sugared water into the dose at the required rate.
More elaborate versions had a separate platform to hold the sugar cube, and one famous model
- the so-called Cusenier "Auto Verseur" added a further refinement - an oscillating see-saw to
control the dripping water. Don't miss the online video showing it in action!
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Brouilleurs I - The "Bloch" Brouilleur
Shown here is an ornate two-part absinthe mixer or brouilleur, manufactured by Bloch, referenced in an article in the 1894 issue
over other methods of preparation.
below the surface of the liquid in the glass.On the basis of recent experiments it's now believed that this style of brouilleur was,
very unusually, designed to add absinthe to water, rather than water to absinthe as was normally the case - the spike introduced
the lighter alcohol directly to the bottom of the glass, where it floated up and diffused through the heavier water. The flat metal disk
trapped the aromas of the louching absinthe in the glass, until the verte was ready for drinking.