EDIT: According to the Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails” the Death in the Afternoon cocktail was invented by Hemingway during his time in Key West.

Suffering Bastard (Facebook | Instagram), the intimate Tiki-flavored speakeasy lounge in Sanford’s Tuffy’s Bottle Shop and Lounge, has opened a new absinthe-focused concept in Orlando’s Mills 50 District.

Death in the Afternoon (Instagram) is a new “friendly neighborhood absinthe house” that is opening in the former home of Retromended Vintage at 930 N.  Mills Avenue [GMap]. The name comes from the 1932 non-fiction work by Ernest Hemingway on the traditions of Spanish bullfighting, and a cocktail he invented (allegedly) during his time in France. The recipe was featured in a 1935 cocktail book featuring recipes from 30 celebrity authors of the time, “So Red the Nose, or Breath in the Afternoon.”

Pour one jigger absinthe into a Champagne glass. Add iced Champagne until it attains the proper opalescent milkiness. Drink three to five of these slowly.”


The new space held a brief soft-open last week before closing for the weekend to make some tweaks and is expected to open to the public on Tuesday, November 14, Tuesdays through Sundays, 5 p.m.-midnight.

Click HERE to make reservations.

Brendan O'Connor

Editor in Chief of Bungalower.com

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