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Death in the Afternoon Recipe

Happy Hour: Death in the Afternoon

One of the most admirable writers in my book was an equally prolific drinker: Ernest Hemingway. I love any excuse to channel him whenever I'm out on the town, whether it's with one of his tried-and-true tipples like the Papa Doblé Daiquiri, or a more contemporary drink such the Scarlet Harlot made with apéritifs, which he loved.

But before this weekend, I'd never tried the one cocktail that Hemingway himself invented. It's named Death in the Afternoon, after his famous nonfiction account of traditional Spanish bullfighting.

Appropriately, the classic cocktail contains little more than champagne with a splash of the most legendary bohemian spirit of all, absinthe. The end result? A strong, stiff drink, perfect for the most tormented of writers. Feeling the need for one yourself? Then read more.

Death in the Afternoon

Death in the Afternoon

Classic Ernest Hemingway Cocktail Recipe: Death in the Afternoon


1 oz. absinthe (recommended: use a slightly sweet brand of absinthe, such as Lucid)


  1. Pour absinthe into a champagne glass. Top with champagne and stir to combine.

Serves 1.

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