I'm getting ready to attend the Edwardian Ball this evening, and I found myself in the mood for a cocktail.
But what? What would be the perfect cocktail for a night like this?
My eyes scanned my liquor cabinet and I perused the contents of the fridge. Hmm. I had a bottle of Moët in the refrigerator. I had a bottle of La Feé absinthe that I bought in Italy on my last trip there. An idea materialized.
One of Ernest Hemingway's favorite cocktails: Death in the Afternoon. Perfect.
1 oz. absinthe
5 oz. chilled champagne
The absinthe gave the champagne a beautiful pale green milky color, reminiscent of springtime. On the nose, you smell the absinthe. It overpowers the champagne taste, but the champagne bubbles deliver the absinthe flavor to your tongue. It is quite delicious, and I feel like I should be sitting in a café in Paris wearing a corset and watching a cabaret while flirting with artists and poets. But be warned; it's quite strong, so sip slowly. Let the Green Fairy enchant you, but don't succumb to her completely.
Now, off to the Great American Music Hall for an enchanted evening of Edwardian costume, performances, and Gorey stylings!