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Vintage French Anisette Pernod Carafe

Vintage French Anisette Pernod Carafe

$62.00

From France, a wonderful glass carafe produced exclusively for use in cafés & bistros to promote the Pernod brand.  A unique carafe with a classic shape and bold stripes in blue and yellow is decorated with the name Anisette Pernod.  This wonderful glass carafe is in very good vintage condition and perfectly captures the je ne sais quoi French bistro style.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. 6"H x 3.75"D.

 

Learn More About Pernod

Pernod, that aniseed-based distilled spirit that has been enjoyed in France for nearly 200 years, has a long and storied history - as an aperitif, an elixir and even a cooking ingredient.

During ancient times, aniseed drinks were known for their therapeutic qualities to cure stomach and digestive problems. A combination of aniseed and wormwood plant had long been recognized for its healing powers and mood-altering effects.

In 1805, Henri-Louis Pernod founded the Pernod-Fils Company and distillery in Pontarlier, France. There, using an herbaceous formula of fragrant green anise, fennel, hyssop, mint, coriander and wormwood, Henri-Louis Pernod created his own version of absinthe. Absinthe took on a new identity with Pernod liqueur gaining allure during the inspiring yet controversial days in early 19th century Parisian bohemian society. By the late 1800s, Pernod was popular during happy hours known as "Green Hour" at chic Parisian cafes among artists and writers such as Edouard Manet, Oscar Wilde, Edgar Allan Poe, Paul Verlaine, and Charles Baudelaire. Even Picasso painted the drink in his famous "Glass and Bottle" painting.

The huge popularity of the Green Hour was about to be halted by a prohibitionist movement largely led by the local winemakers eager to regain lost sales. A massive press campaign blamed 'Absinthism' as a cause of socially unacceptable behavior, insanity, tuberculosis and even murder. Their effort was successful enough, in 1910, Absinthe production was banned in Switzerland. It became illegal in the United States two years later, followed by France two years after that.

This global prohibition of absinthe lead to the popularity of pasits and by 1920, anise-based drinks without the controversial wormwood ingredient were legalized again allowing Pernod to produce its refined blends of herbs.

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