|Absinthe Ephemera XII - Gustave Eiffel...and Absinthe Sorbet
A signed 1889 menu for a formal dinner honoring Gustave Eiffel, then at the pinnacle of his fame with the
completion that year of the Eiffel Tower. After the entrées, a Sorbet a l'Absinthe was served as a palate
cleanser (known as a Trou Normand in France). This is the first recorded reference to the use of absinthe in
cooking, and also illustrates that absinthe still had a respectable image in society at this stage - by the end of
the next decade it had been so demonized by the temperance movement that it's inconceivable that it would
have been served in any form at a prestigious dinner such as this one.
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|Les Tours Eiffel #7 "1889"
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