CHOW DOWN: Death in the PM

Maybe it's my recent obsession with the tv show True Blood... but this cocktail sounds delightful!

Death in the P.M.

Difficulty: Easy


Total: Under 5 mins

Active: Under 5 mins

Makes: 1 drink

By Aida Mollenkamp

The first version of this cocktail is attributed to Ernest Hemingway and is named after his novel Death in the Afternoon. The libation is an odd combination of absinthe and sparkling wine, and we feel that Hemingway’s suggested proportions were a bit too much (roughly 1 part absinthe to 4 parts champagne), so we adjusted them to our liking. And, now that absinthe is legal again, you can try this with the real thing.

What to buy: Lucid is one of the most widely available absinthes. If you can’t find it, substitute another anise-flavored liqueur such as pastis or Pernod.

This recipe was featured in both our Valentine’s Day story and our Absinthe Obsessive.

  • 1 part absinthe or other anise-flavored liqueur
  • 10 parts chilled brut sparkling wine
  1. Pour absinthe into a chilled champagne glass. Top with sparkling wine and serve.

    Recipe courtesy of

    1 comment:

    Erika said...

    The last time I had Absinthe it wasn't the real thing but the taste was enough to make me not even want to try it. Tell me- do you really get a different buzz from it? Should I try the real stuff even tho I cannot stand the black liquorish flavor??