The Southern Food & Beverage Museum in New Orleans will host "The Absinthe Experience" from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

The tasting will also include a discussion with Ray Bordelon, who will demonstrate the absinthe drip, and Atelier Vie Distillery.

"Bordelon is an avid absinthe product collector and aficionado of absinthe history. His vast collection features hundreds of antique absinthe drip spoons, antique bottles and absinthe fountains," a news release says.

The collection is on loan to the museum, forming La Galerie de l'Absinthe.

"The absinthe cocktail has been taboo throughout history, surrounded by legends of hallucinations and mystery. It was illegal, in the United States, from 1912 to 2007," according to the release. 

The program is free with museum admission. Samples are first come, first served.

Twenty guests can join chef Isaac Toups for the first Counter Club Brunch at Toups South restaurant’s exhibition kitchen counter in the museum on Sunday, March 11.

Starting at 11 a.m., guests can indulge in four courses of inventive, Southern regional brunch cuisine and bottomless mimosas. Cost is $50 per person. 

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