This atmospheric absinthe bar is inspired by, and named after, the divine Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923), the queen of the French tragedy. The Sarah B. will no doubt be a favourite meeting place for business or pleasure. You will discover Sarah’s cocktails, as well as a variety of flavourful Provencal hors-d’oeuvres. For intimate occasions, reserve the Green Fairy Alcoves and you too, will be charmed by Sarah Bernhardt.
Absinthe or the “green fairy” was initially invented for medicinal purposes by Henriette Henriod in 1792. After having acquired the recipe, Daniel Henri Dubied and his son-in-law, Henri Louis Pernod, founded the first absinthe distillery—Dubied Père et Fils—in 1798. In great demand among the artistic milieu, it was even said that absinthe might have been the cause of madness in certain artists. Despite its great popularity, absinthe was banned in France in 1915 in an effort to combat alcoholism. This led to the appearance of other anise-flavoured drinks, such as pastis, created by Paul Ricard in 1932. Certain regulations later appeared in Europe as a means of controlling absinthe consumption. Absinthe was never subject to regulation in Canada.
The absinthe ritual
Pure absinthe is first poured into a specific type of glass, on top of which a special absinthe spoon is placed. A sugar cube is placed on the spoon, and iced water is slowly dripped over it. The absinthe is diluted in three to five parts water. The way in which absinthe is prepared plays a key role in the way its tastes, allowing the herbal aromas to be released and to intensify with respect to the other aromas. Take note of the seating in the Sarah B., which represents the shape of an absinthe spoon.