July 21: Papa Hemmingway

hemingwayToday we honor perhaps the greatest literary drinker of all time, as it was on this day in 1899 that Ernest Hemingway came screaming in to this world like a falcon.

In addition to being a fantastic writer, Hemingway was also an accomplished adventurer. He drove an ambulance in the first World War, covered the Spanish Civil War as a journalist, ran with the bulls in Pamplona and safaried across Africa. During World War II, Hemingway again served as a war reporter and was present at the D-Day landing and the liberation of Paris. Somehow he also found the time to semi-covertly lead a group of French resistance fighters.

In addition to all this, Hemingway found the time to be a notorious womanizer and drinker. In fact, there’s a legend (likely started by Hemingway) that during the liberation of Paris, he personally liberated the Ritz. One could probably stage a multi-country pub crawl by just going to the bars that Hemingway frequented in Europe.

However, Hemingway’s favorite places to drink was Havana, Cuba’s legendary bar El Floridita. In fact, in 2003 a life-sized statue of Hemingway was erected at the end of El Floridita’s bar. The statue depicts an older Hemingway, ready to order his favorite drink, The Daiquiri, which was allegedly invented at El Floridita. There are a few variations on the Daiquiri, but we’re going to use Hemingway’s preferred recipe. It’s not as sweet as a traditional Daiquiri, but what else would you expect from Hemingway?

Hemingway’s Daiquiri

  • 1 1/2 ounces White Rum
  • 1/4 ounce Maraschino Liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. The El Floridita also made frozen Daiquiris, so if you want to take that path do the following: Pour all ingredients into a blender with 3/4 to 1 cup of ice, blend until frothy and pour in to a large, stemmed glass.

Tomorrow: The head of Parliament.


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  1. […] There legendary bars Sloppy Joe’s and La Floridita fought for customers, including our old friend Ernest Hemingway, and invented or popularized many now classic cocktails including the following: the Mojito, the […]

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