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Death in the Afternoon

The Death in the Afternoon cocktail is a potent and intriguing libation with a fascinating history. It was created by the legendary writer Ernest Hemingway, who famously included the recipe in his 1935 book, "So Red the Nose, or Breath in the Afternoon." Named after Hemingway's novel, "Death in the Afternoon," this cocktail is as bold and captivating as the author himself.

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Ingredients and Tools:

  • 45 ml (1 1/2 oz) absinthe

  • Chilled champagne

  • Ice cubes (optional)

  • Champagne flute or coupe glass

Preparation Steps:

  1. Pour 45 ml (1 1/2 oz) of absinthe into a chilled champagne flute or coupe glass.

  2. Slowly top up the glass with chilled champagne until it reaches the desired level.

  3. Optionally, add ice cubes to the glass if you prefer a colder drink.

Flavor Profile:

The Death in the Afternoon cocktail is characterized by its intense herbal flavor from the absinthe, balanced by the effervescence and crispness of champagne. It's a complex and intriguing cocktail that evolves with each sip, making it a favorite among adventurous drinkers.

Mixoloco - Mixology Tips:

  • Choosing Absinthe: Selecting the right absinthe is crucial for achieving the authentic flavor of the Death in the Afternoon cocktail. Look for a high-quality absinthe with a balanced blend of botanicals.

  • Champagne Temperature: Serving the champagne chilled is essential for enhancing its refreshing qualities and complementing the herbal notes of the absinthe. I found that serving the Death in the Afternoon with chilled champagne significantly improved the overall drinking experience. The crispness of the champagne helped balance the intense flavors of the absinthe, resulting in a more harmonious cocktail.

  • Absinthe Ratio: The ratio of absinthe to champagne can be adjusted according to personal preference. Experiment with different ratios to find the perfect balance of herbal complexity and effervescence. I prefer a slightly higher ratio of absinthe to champagne for a more pronounced herbal flavor. However, if you're new to absinthe or prefer a milder taste, start with a smaller amount and gradually increase the ratio until you find the right balance for your palate.

  • Presentation: The Death in the Afternoon cocktail is as visually stunning as it is flavorful. Serve it in a chilled champagne flute or coupe glass to showcase its elegant appearance. I love to garnish my Death in the Afternoon with a twist of lemon peel for a pop of color and an additional layer of citrus aroma. It adds a delightful touch to this already captivating cocktail.

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