Divine decadence : an absinthe tasting with Don Spiro

May 19, 2023 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Wiggins bar

Carl Raymond


Moderated by Carl Raymond, host of The Gilded Gentleman history podcast


Open to the public
RSVP required

$40 | General admission
$25 | Salmagundi and affiliate members with promo code
The promo code will be sent in an email to all members, and can also be requested by contacting info@salmagundi.org

About the Event

On a windowsill, an elaborately-ornamented stirrer leaning against it is a glass with cylindrical shape under the shape of the top half of a water glass.

Join Don Spiro, vintage cocktail specialist and absinthe expert for a guided tasting into the mysteries of “the green fairy”.  Absinthe was enormously popular in Belle Epoque Europe and it’s been said it was the favored drink of Oscar Wilde, Marcel Proust and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec among many other artists and writers.

Don will take guests on a journey through the history of this mystical drink and will challenge and clarify some of the more common myths as he guides you through a tasting of classic and modern absinthes.

Event cost includes the absinthe tasting only.

The Salmagundi bar will be open to event attendees following the event.  Wine, beer and a selection of cocktails will be available to be paid by credit card only.


Salmagundi members are welcome to reserve for dinner in our dining room via our Reservations page.

Don Spiro, a bald, confident-looking man sports a grid-patterned blue buttoned-up suit jacket and shiny red tie. He holds a cocktail glass in his hand.