Ernest Hemingway may have been as passionate about drinking as he was writing—the bon vivant novelist championed cocktails like the Martini and Negroni and inspired others like the Hemingway Daiquiri. Death in the Afternoon was invented by the author himself and is named after his 1932 book about Spanish bullfighting. It features two of "Papa's" favorite libations, absinthe and champagne, and is as easy to make as it is delicious.
The full-strength version of Death in the Afternoon is potent and can be dangerous, especially how Hemingway suggested his readers "drink three to five of these slowly". This zero-proof version is, of course, far more friendly. We've added a dash of our New Orleans bitters as a nod to the author's love of the Big Easy.
Feel free to enjoy "three to five" of these non-alcoholic cocktails—and wake up the next day without feeling like you've barely survived a plane crash.
Death in the Afternoon (Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Recipe)
Non-Alcoholic Cocktail / Low-Alcohol / Zero Proof / Mocktail
This classic cocktail, invented by Ernest Hemingway, features sparkling wine and absinthe.
1 ounce Lyre's Absinthe
1 dash All The Bitter New Orleans bitters
4 ounces Lyre's Classico
Add absinthe and bitters to a wine glass or flute.
Top with cold sparkling wine.
Drink three to five of these slowly.
Feel free to use your favorite non-alcoholic sparkling wine here, but Lyre's Classico pairs perfectly with their Absinthe and it comes in cans, convenient for making cocktails (4 ounces is about half a can).
MAKE IT MINDFULLY LOW ALCOHOL
Try this with 1/2 an ounce of regular absinthe, and 4 ounces of non-alcoholic sparkling wine, for a drink that's true to the original without the debilitating effects.