Although you probably haven’t heard of them, Stranger & Stranger is a venerable design firm based out of New York and London that specializes in the packaging of liquor and fine spirits. From 1800 Tequila (of Sopranos-endorsed fame) to Kraken Rum (which has been featured on Imbibe) to the more widely-distributed Three Olives Vodka, they’ve designed over 100 packages and labels since their inception in 1995.
Every year for the holiday season, Stranger concocts distinctive single-batch specialties, brands them appropriately and sends them out to family and friends as a truly exciting gift. This year the firm outdid themselves by taking on a special project only recently made legal in the United States - absinthe.
As the 12th and most recent of their Christmas design series, this bottle of Stranger & Stranger absinthe is, indeed, a sight to behold laden with intricate and charmingly devilish details. From what appears to be a foreboding eye of the Illuminati on the top of the cork, to the optical illusions on the label’s main body and the choice of a clear bottle in order to place emphasis on the beautiful, light-green color of the liquid - it’s a product that Stranger & Stranger should most definitely be proud of. The quote inscribed on the matte black paper surrounding the cork describes the drink best:
“Nectar, bittersweet - like the last kiss on the lips of a discarded mistress, is the secret charm of my existence; green as the moon’s light on a forest pool it glimmers in my glass; eagerly I quaff it, and, as I drink, I dream.” Marie Corelli, 1890.