Death in the Afternoon: Cocktail

The Vampire's Mistress. Natasja Delanghe

We hosted a small get together at our home a few days before Christmas. A friend brought the ingredients for the cocktail below. ‘Death’ has wonderfully rich and complex flavors that build the more you drink it. It is a drink served in the Manhattan restaurant of the same name. Enjoy!

Death in the Afternoon
1 1/2 oz bourbon
1/4 oz Green Chartreuse
1/4 oz absinthe
1/2-3/4 oz spiced honey syrup* (according to taste)
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a double old-fashioned glass filled with fresh ice.  Garnish with a thick lemon twist.
*Spiced Honey Syrup
1 cup water
1 cup honey
4 sticks cinnamon
15 cloves
2-5 cardamom pods
1 whole star anise
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and simmer for 15-20 minutes over medium-low heat.  (Watch carefully so that it doesn’t boil over.)  Allow to cool, then strain into a glass jar and keep refrigerated.

Napierkowska performs in "Les Vampires"

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