Death in the Afternoon also referred to as The Hemingway Champagne, is a simple but potent 2 ingredient cocktail one must try at least once in their life. Through the years, Ernest Hemingway has mentioned various cocktails in his books, such as the Daiquiri, Mojito, Martini, Bloody Mary, and a few others he considered favorites. But Death in the Afternoon is actually his creation, and it also shares the same name as a book of his from 1932.

According to the story, Hemingway created the cocktail after spending some time in the “Left Bank”, Paris, where he enjoyed drinking Absinthe.

Death in the Afternoon also appeared in a cocktail book from 1935, called “So Red The Nose or Breath in the Afternoon,” where there were recipes from 30 famous authors and Hemingway’s original instructions for this cocktail were:
“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.” If you think “three to five” will be too much, you can always have less. We can’t all be drinkers like Hemingway. 🙂


Ingredients and preparation:


  1. 1 ½ Ounce (45 ml) of Absinthe.
  2. Well, chilled Champagne.
  3. Simply pour the Absinthe into a champagne flute or a Coupe glass, and top up with the chilled Champagne.
  4. Enjoy.



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