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Death in the Afternoon

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 iced 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 oz Absinthe
  • 4 1/2 oz Champagne


  1. Pour the absinthe into a coupe glass.

  2. Top with the Champagne.