Absinthe, also known as The Green Fairy, is made from botanicals, including the distinctive green anise, sweet fennel, and the flowers and leaves of Artemisia absinthium. Traditionally Absinthe is green in colour from the anise, but it’s not unusual to come across colourless varieties of the spirit, depending on the producer.
“My favourite new cocktail is made with champagne and absinthe,” says gay porn star, Dominic Pacificio.
“[Absinthe] is now legal in the United States,” Dominic explained. The United States, along with many parts of Europe banned the spirit, making it illegal to produce or distribute. By the 1990’s, the high alcohol by volume (ABV), spirit, started to see a return to the market as laws were updated and bans were lifted. Today, over 200 brands product Absinthe around the world.
Death in the Afternoon (also known as Hemingway Champagne), has become one of Dominic’s favourite new cocktails.
“It’s a great new beverage to experience,” Dominic said. “It’s not just about the alcohol; it’s about the effervescence. It’s about the kind of hypnosis it puts you under, if you will. It’s definitely an exotic drink and it’s an acquired taste, and it’s really good.”
Whethre you’re relaxing by the pool in the afternoon, or hanging out with friends at brunch, this cocktail makes a great alternative to the traditional mimosa.
“It’s a really cool drink to have on it’s own, or after dinner,” Dominic added.
- 1 oz Absinthe
Place a sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne flute, and add a few dashes of bitters. Add absinthe and then top with a quality ice-chilled champagne.