Death in the Afternoon Cocktail Recipe

The Cocktail Death in the Afternoon, also called the Hemingway is a cocktail made up of absinthe and Champagne invented by Ernest Hemingway. The cocktail shares a name with Hemingway’s book  Death in the Afternoon. It is claimed that the cocktail was invented by Hemingway after he spent time in Paris (France) and enjoyed the Absinthe there.


  • 45 ml / 1½ oz. Absinthe
  • 135 ml / 4 ½ oz. Champagne


  1. Pour the Absinthe into a coupe glass.
  2. Top with iced Champagne until it attains the proper opalescent milkiness.


Absinthe is historically described as a distilled, highly alcoholic beverage. It is an anise–flavoured spirit derived from botanicals, including the flowers and leaves of grand wormwood, together with green anise, sweet fennel and other medicinal and culinary herbs.


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