An absinthe glass and spoon. Absinthe was an extremely popular alcoholic drink in the 19th century, especially in artistic circles in France. It is made from a variety of herbs and plants including wormwood and received a scandalous reputation in the Victorian period for its supposed hallucinogenic side effects. The preparation of the drink became highly ritualized as its popularity increased and involved placing a sugar cube on a decorative slotted spoon over a shot of absinthe. Traditionally ice water would then be steadily dripped onto the sugar and mix with the flavours in the absinthe to create a particular taste. Modern preparations involve setting the sugar cube alight, dropping it into the shot of absinthe then dousing the flames with water before consuming.
I’ve never met someone who set the sugar cube alight but okay fire sounds like fun!