Morton’s The Steakhouse in Baltimore hosts “Absinthe, The Green Hour,” Pernod absinthe tastings giving guests the chance to experience the mystique, allure and ritual of absinthe, a high-proof distilled spirit made from grande wormwood and a blend of aromatic herb extracts. In Baltimore, the event takes place March 13 from 6-7:30 p.m. Cost to attend is $45 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity, which includes a complimentary take-home gift. For reservations, call (410) 547-8255.
“Absinthe, The Green Hour” features three Pernod absinthe cocktails: Monkey Gland, Sazerac, and Le Deuce (see recipes below); as well as Pernod absinthe served in the traditional ritual, which involves dripping ice water very slowly over a sugar cube that is placed on a slotted spoon over a glass of absinthe. The water passes through the spoon slots into the drink resulting in a green and flavorful drink. A Pernod absinthe expert guides guests through this unique tasting experience.
The absinthe is paired with Morton’s signature hors d’oeuvres, including Oysters Rockefeller made with absinthe, crab-stuffed mushrooms, sliced tenderloin on crostini, and Morton’s famed miniature prime cheeseburgers.
Pernod was the first to commercially distill absinthe in 1805 in France, and gained notoriety in the 19th century as great artists, poets and writers and patrons of Paris cafés popularized absinthe. Controversy about the effects of absinthe led to it being banned in France, the United States, and other countries in the early 1900s. In 2007, the United States followed other nations by easing restrictions on distilling and selling absinthe, which was often called the “Green Fairy” at the height of its popularity due in part to its characteristic green color. Pernod absinthe is still based on its original recipe and has a reputation for quality and handcrafted excellence. For more information on Pernod Absinthe, visit www.pernod.net.
Morton’s The Steakhouse is located at 300 South Charles Street in Baltimore. Dinner is served Monday through Saturday from 5:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. and Sunday from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Bar 12·21 opens at 5 p.m. Valet parking is available.
About Morton’s The Steakhouse
Morton’s Restaurant Group, Inc. is the world’s largest operator of company-owned upscale steakhouses. Morton’s steakhouses have remained true to its founders’ original vision of combining generous portions of high quality food prepared to exacting standards with exceptional service in an enjoyable dining environment.
The Company owns and operates 80 Morton’s steakhouses located in 68 cities in 28 states and Puerto Rico and five international locations (Toronto, Vancouver, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Macau), as well as three Italian restaurants.
About Pernod Ricard USA
Pernod Ricard USA is the premium spirits and wine company in the United States, and the largest subsidiary of Paris, France-based Pernod Ricard SA. In July 2008, Pernod Ricard completed the acquisition of the iconic ABSOLUT Vodka brand from the V&S Group, and Pernod Ricard USA is now the second-leading company in the United States by sales value.
In addition to ABSOLUT, Pernod Ricard USA’s leading brands include such prestigious spirits as The Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Chivas Regal Scotch Whisky, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Wild Turkey Bourbon, Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin, Beefeater Gin, Plymouth Gin, Martell Cognac, Malibu flavored Rum, Kahlúa Liqueur, Hiram Walker Liqueurs, Pernod and Ricard; such superior wines as Jacob’s Creek and Brancott Estate; and such exquisite champagnes and sparkling wines as Perrier Jouët Champagne, G.H. Mumm Champagne and Mumm Napa wines.
The company is based in Purchase, New York, and has roughly 1,000 employees across the country.
Pernod Ricard USA urges all adults to consume its products responsibly and has an active campaign to promote responsible drinking.