Classic
MATTHEW KELLY/SUPERCALL

Champagne • Dry
Death in the Afternoon

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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.

The Essentials

Absinthe
Champagne
The Details

Ingredients

1.5 oz Absinthe
Champagne

Method

  • Add absinthe to a coupe or Champagne flute.
  • Slowly top with Champagne to watch le louche take over.
easy
Strength:
Liqueur Sweet Easy
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