I Heart Absinthe: Absinthe Frappé
The original Absinthe Frappé is the creation of one Cayetano Ferrer, a Catalan bartender immigrant to New Orleans. Ferrer presumably brought his native land’s love of absinthe—Spain never banned the spirit—to New Orleans and tended bar at the French Opera House before setting up shop at the Absinthe Room.
The Absinthe Room was previously owned by a family of fellow Spaniards and left in the care of the Aleix brothers who turned the building into multiple businesses throughout the mid 1800s. In 1874 they hired Ferrer, who purchase the lease from them and set about creating one of important absinthe bars in the country, with marble water fountains built into the bar top and an iconic cocktail enjoyed by many famous individuals who’s names remain familiar, though the bartender’s name is almost forgotten.