Ernest Hemingway

Absinthe Cocktail: Death in the Afternoon

ChampagneErnest HemingwayTo those who are fond of Ernest Hemingway’s writings know “Death in the afternoon” as a classic work on the art of bullfighting. However, absinthe drinkers, even if ignorant of Hemingway’s literary heritage, will definitely recognize it as the name of the cocktail he contributed to the 1935 collection of celebrity recipes, called “So red the nose, or breath in the afternoon”.

The genius mixture of the ingredients and the effect the drink produces won it great popularity. Today is the day you gonna learn how to prepare it and enjoy the same cocktail the renowned Ernest Hemingway loved so much.

What you need is as follows:

  • absinthe (1 ounce),
  • ice-cold champagne (5 ounce).

Famous Absinthe Drinkers: Literature

Throughout the history absinthe has been the favorite drink of many outstanding and often eccentric people: writers, artists, musicians, actors, revolutionaries etc. However, it seems that those, who devoted their lives to literature, were most inspired by the ‘Green Muse’. Among the latter one could name:

Aleister Crowley
Aleister Crowley.
Crowley is famous for writing “The book of law”. He was known to be a loyal lover of the ‘Green Fairy’, as well as a heroin and opium addict.

Arthur Rimbaud
Arthur Rimbaud.
Being considered one of the greatest French poets, Rimbaud was also famous for drinking a great amount of absinthe and maintaining a homosexual relationship with Paul Marie Verlaine.

Charles Baudelaire
Charles Baudelaire.
He referred to the ‘Green Fairy’ in his well-known poem “Get drunk” and was believed to be an avaricious absinthe drinker.


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