The Wipers Times is an amazing bit of tv written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman which aired recently on BBC2 in the UK. It dramatises the true story of a group of British Soldiers stationed at Yprès in northern France during World War One who discover a printing press and start printing a satirical magazine from the trenches trying to laugh in the face of the horror of their surroundings. As an epithet to a most poignant piece of television I have combined two drinks with very apposite names/histories; the French 75, named for the kick of the WW1 artillery gun, and Death In The Afternoon, Ernest Hemingway's invention. These combine to be The Wipers Times. UPDATE: Alan Moss tells me that when absinthe was banned just before the run up to WW1 in France the remaining stocks of absinthe were used in the manufacture of gunpowder, making it even more relevant than I had thought.
1 1/4 shots gin
1/2 shot lemon juice
1/4 shot sugar syrup
1/2 shot absinthe
Shake first four ingredients, strain into a champagne coupe and top with champagne. Drink while pondering how lucky we were to be born 100 years later.