Death in the Afternoon (an Ernest Hemingway Cocktail)

Ernest Hemingway invented this cocktail that is just perfect for Halloween. 

This cloudy and ghoulishly green libation is simple and strong. Now that absinthe is legal again you can enjoy this classic drink known as Death in the Afternoon the way Mr. Hemingway intended.

His instructions 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."

I love this drink for Halloween. The absinthe makes it look and feel spooky and the champagne makes the drink extra special. It's also very easy to make this cocktail for a crowd.

Be careful though, this drink is not for the faint of heart.

Drink it if you dare.

Happy Halloween!


“I drink to make other people more interesting.”  ―  Ernest Hemingway




1 1/2 oz (or 1 shot) of absinthe
4 oz (or more) of champagne


Pour the absinthe in the bottom of a champagne flute (or other really cool glass).
Fill glass rest of the way with very cold champagne.