Queen Bee Mixology

Death In The Afternoon


Just when you thought my recipes couldn’t get any easier, I bring you a cocktail that only calls for two main ingredients! Death In The Afternoon is a cocktail for those of us who are searching for recipes that are basic and straightforward. Made with absinthe and champagne, you’ll have this sipper ready in hand within seconds.

This is another cocktail that was inspired by the upcoming celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day. I don’t know about you, but I love having friends and family over for this holiday. And it wouldn’t be a Queen Bee party if the Queen Bee of Mixology herself didn’t whip up a few deliciously green cocktails for the occasion.

Let me walk you through this simple recipe.

Death In The Afternoon is historically referred to as The Hemingway, named respectfully after the author, Ernest Hemingway. The name Death In The Afternoon actually stems from a book Hemingway published all the way back in 1935. Yes, this is a cocktail that has been mixed up for decades, so it’s safe to assume that it’s time for me to give this one a go!

The two ingredients are absinthe and champagne, both having their own distinctive notes. Absinthe is known for its boldness and also provides the cocktail with its signature green tone. A little goes a long way in this recipe, as the general flavor of absinthe can be complex and intense, with a range of herbal, spicy, and floral notes. That’s where the refreshing, crisp champagne comes into play, balancing out any overpowering tastes of absinthe.

While this is a strong, spirit-forward cocktail recipe, I was pleasantly surprised by how smooth the finish was with each sip. This is definitely a recipe you gotta try before placing any judgements, trust me!


Step 1: Pour absinthe directly into a coupe glass.


Step 2: Top off the mixture with champagne and garnish with edible gold flakes.


There isn’t much complexity to the presentation of this cocktail, so I wanted to add a little something extra to top it off! For garnish, I grabbed some sparkly gold flakes (edible) and sprinkled them atop. When entertaining guests, presentation is everything and these flakes really changed the entire look, as you can see for yourself.

I’ll definitely be serving and sipping on this unique mixture this St. Patty’s Day and more celebrations to come!

Death In The Afternoon




  1. Step 1 – Pour absinthe directly into a coupe glass.
  2. Step 2 – Top off the mixture with champagne and garnish with edible gold flakes. 


This cocktails is traditionally served in a coupe or martini glass, so I recommend you do the same.

Tags: Absinthe, Bold

Enjoying this recipe?

Post your creation on Instagram and tag #queenbeemixology or @queenbeemixology!

Shop our Favorites

Shop Death In The Afternoon