Death in the Afternoon

MATTHEW KELLY/SUPERCALL

If you want to drink like Ernest Hemingway, his signature cocktail is a great place to start. Because he invented the Death in the Afternoon, we’ll let him explain how to make it. As he writes in So Red the Nose, or Breath in the Afternoon, “Pour one jigger absinthe into a Champagne glass. Add iced Champagne until it attains the proper opalescent milkiness. Drink three to five of these slowly." While we don’t suggest downing quite that many in a single session, we do recommend whipping up one or two of the strong, refreshing libation. You’ll instantly be transported to Hemingway’s Paris where no one was counting, just enjoying.

Death in the Afternoon

FLAVOR PROFILE
Dry
STRENGTH

INGREDIENTS

  • 1.5 oz Absinthe
  • Champagne

INSTRUCTIONS

Step one

Add absinthe to a coupe or Champagne flute.

Step two

Slowly top with Champagne to watch le louche take over.

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