Sterling Absinthe Grille (Spoon) Reed and Barton, USA
This is an unusually designed spoon for a very popular liquor in the 19th century. The spoon was made by Reed and Barton, Taunton, Massachusetts since 1824. It is well known for its fine quality sterling silver. Reed and Barton filed for bankruptcy in 2015 and it was then sold to Lifetime Brands. Two of Reed and Barton's biggest customers were Costco and QVC. The company also made the gold, silver and bronze medals for the Atlanta 1996 Olympics. So the spoon represents a company that existed for 181 years and was considered one of the world's outstanding silversmith. The spoon is 4 3/4 inches long from the tip of the handle to either of the small prongs. The spoon is 1 7/8 inches in diameter.
Now let's take a look at how this Sterling silver grille works with Absinthe. Absinthe liquor contains wormwood which can create a bitter taste. Sugar is added to your drink to tamp down the bitterness, and make the absinthe more flavorful. To use the absinthe spoon, it is placed on your cup above the drink. These spoons are preferred because they can hold more sugar (cubes). The absinthe is poured over the sugar in the spoon and the liquid drips over the edge of the spoon into your cup or glass. Sip away.