The Last Tuesday Society invites Jad Adams, authour of Hideous Absinthe: A History of the Devil in a Bottle, to talk on the subject of Absinthe & Impressionism – followed by an optional absinthe tasting for those brave at heart and tasting with Jade Absinthe.
Mysteriously sophisticated, darkly alluring, almost Satanic: absinthe was the drink of choice for Baudelaire, Verlaine and Wilde. It inspired paintings by Degas and Manet, van Gogh and Picasso. It was blamed for conditions ranging from sterility to madness, to French defeats in World War I. The campaign against "the devil in a bottle" resulted in its ban throughout most of Europe. Its reputation for toxicity eventually extinguished the fin-de-siecle's infatuation with absinthe, but not before it had influenced generations of artists on both sides of the channel. This book is a biography of "the green fairy": from its place in the lives of writers and artists who were inspired--and ruined--by it, to its more recent rediscovery by Ernest Hemingway and today's would-be sophisticates.
After the lecture, guests will be invited to sample the green spirit for themselves with a representative from Jade Absinthe talking the group through the traditional Belle Epoque style of drinking Absinthe.
Absinthe tasting will incur addition cost based on the spirit selected. All guests are invited to stay and watch the process & effects as they unfold.
6:30pm-7:30pm: Guests arrive with time to try one of absinthe cocktails from The Last Tuesday Society's menu
7:30pm-8:30pm: Lecture with Jad Adams
8:30pm-9:30pm: Absinthe tasting & demonstration with Jade Absinthe. Bar remains open for guests to have private access to the venue (museum admission not included).