Death In The Afternoon

This week we discuss the first trade of Locke and Key - Welcome to Lovecraft.  Sit down, create your own ghostly brew, and join us as we discuss Joe Hill, and Gabriel Rodriguez’s creepy story.


1.5 oz Absinthe
4 oz Champagne
1 Dash Simple Syrup

Add absinthe and simple syrup to a flute.  Slowly top with chilled sparkling wine.

Note: A good, dry sparkling wine or Champagne work well here.  Because absinthe has a very particular flavor profile, some may prefer mor or less.  Though the oringila recipe calls for a prodigious one and a half ounces of absinthe., its’s easier to ermine standing after drinking one of these so contemporary version call for a lighter pour.

The title of Ernist Hemingway’s 1932 novel Death in the Afternoon is both a direct reference to the gruesome finale oaf Spanish bullfights and a more oblique one to his mediations on morality.  The fact that he ascribed the same title to a cocktail mae of a shot of absinthe topped with Champagne, which he submitted to a celebrity recipe book in 1935, is something to ponder.  The oringial formula for absinthe was certainly a more powerful concoction than it is now, but the more likely explanation for the macabre name: in his recipe he per scripted drinking three to five of these at a time.