Want to feel decadent and give off an arty, dangerous aura?
Want a “dangerous” way to beat the summer heat?
Want to succumb to the green fairy?
What could be more decadent and arty, at the same time, than absinthe and Champagne?
But a few-too-many Deaths in the Afternoon can still end your day pretty quickly!
Let’s face it, the rituals of absinthe are back in vogue!
Even though the nearly one-hundred-year-old ban on the spirit has been officially lifted, you can`t help but believe you`re tasting something illegal, you want to imbibe in the taboo – it adds to the mystery – it suddenly feels that fables and myths are being challenged.
Champion drinker Ernest Hemingway claimed to have invented the Death in the Afternoon, a “risky” pairing of absinthe and Champagne. The recipe, allegedly, came to Hemingway after a bit of seasickness.
Death in the Afternoon is also the name of his book, a nonfiction account of the customs of Spanish bullfighting.
His instructions for the cocktail are: “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.”
Emphasis on the “slowly”, or the death in the notoriously naughty drink will be your own……
1 part Absinthe
4 parts chilled Brut Champagne
Pour the absinthe into a champagne flute
Add the champagne and serve