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Death in the Afternoon

Death in the Afternoon cocktail
Image: / Tim Nusog

Champion drinker Ernest Hemingway claimed to have invented the Death in the Afternoon, a risky pairing of absinthe and Champagne, himself. His exact instructions suggested adding chilled Champagne to a jigger of absinthe until it attained “the proper opalescent milkiness,” then proceeding to drink three to five of the cocktails in one sitting.


  • 1 1/2 ounces absinthe
  • 4 1/2 ounces Champagne


  1. Pour the absinthe into a coupe glass.

  2. Top with the Champagne.