Date PostedJuly 26, 2016

Learn to make a “Death in the Afternoon” cocktail

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You may be surprised to learn that Ernest Hemingway wasn’t just a brilliant author but a cocktail creator as well.

The author knew his spirits well and so created the Death in the Afternoon cocktail whilst holidaying in Florida’s Key West in the 1930s.

The drink is a genius combination of absinthe and champagne, deceptively simple to make but is still being enjoyed around the world today. It takes just 3 ingredients but the outcome is quite splendid.


  1. 1.5 oz absinthe
  2. 4 oz champagne
  3. Lemon twist

Pour absinthe into a champagne flute or coupe, add chilled champagne, and stir.

Express a lemon peel over the top the drink and drop in.

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