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Absinthe: New York
Rhonda Kave’s absinthe truffles started as an underground experiment: she was struggling to complete the last flavor of her cocktail collection, until her son, Corwin (chef of New York's Fatty Crab empire), brought her home-brewed absinthe on Christmas Eve. At the time, absinthe was banned in the U.S. for its alleged hallucinogenic properties, but the ban has since lifted. Recent studies show that contaminants, among other factors, were the culprits. Kave's creation consists of a Callebaut bittersweet chocolate ganache with pear, fennel, aniseseed, and commercially brewed absinthe. It's available at her Lower East Side shop and online.
Rpni-Sue's Chocolates, 120 Essex St., #11/12 Essex Street Market, New York; (212) 260-0421; roni-sue.com