For the serious connoisseur the proper preparation of his drink is an important part of the "Absinthe experience". Not only does this old and venerable ritual hold great aestethical appeal, it is also necessary to bring out the aromas and "louche" (cloudiness) of the drink at their fullest.
The importance of preparing the green fairy with care and dedication is probably best displayed in this excerpt from the poem "5 o'clock Absinthe" by french Poet Raoul Ponchon
have your absinthe, it’s all about preparation
An old advertisement showing an Absintheur sitting in a café celebrating the "Absinthe ritual"
Women were equally fascinated by Absinthes preparation ritual as we can see in this advertisement poster