From the Maker:
Having the largest grille area of all our absinthe spoons, this round grille works well on most any size glass. It is also one of most popular absinthe spoons. Two claws at the end of the grille sit over the glass and help hold the spoon from moving. It is an exact reproduction of a late 19th century absinthe spoon.
This grille is used in the preparation of a traditional French or Swiss absinthe. A traditional absinthe is prepared by pouring an ounce of absinthe into an absinthe glass, then placing the absinthe grille on top of the glass and a sugar cube atop the grille. Ice water is slowly dripped from a fountain or carafe onto the piece of sugar. The cold sugar water then drips from the grille into the glass of absinthe releasing oils and perfuming the air with fennel, grand wormwood and anise. The combination also begins to turn milky white in color, as the water mixes with the anise.