The Indispensables: Hemingway Daiquiri

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Papa do preach—about the glories of the Daiquiri. (Illustration: George McCalman)

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  • molly3wheeler posted 2 years ago

    This is currently my favorite cocktail. I was at a restaurant this weekend that had an Aviator on their drink menu. I was excited to try this (I had not made one yet since I did not have one ingedientsl. I figured since they had Maraschino liquor they would have the rest of the ingredients . After my Aviator I requested a Hemingway Daiquiri. It took FOREVER to come (they must have had to Google it). It was horrible. I blame myself for expecting too much.

  • MikeLM posted 2 years ago

    When I was on active duty in the Navy in the mid-1950's, Pre-Castro Havana was a very popular liberty port- The best tourist bar wasthe / you could get into more trouble for less money there than in any other Atlantic port I can remember. The American Mob operated the gambling joints which usually had good restaurnts as inducements to come in and try your luck; the girls were attractive and acommodating if you were so inclined, and the drinks were potent. The most sophisiticated bar was the front room of the classiest whiorehouse inj town, which was on on he floors above of the leading Mercedes dealer in the city,
    Hemingway held coujrt nearly every afternoon at thr left end of thr Bar in th 'Floridita restaurabt, dispensing works of wisdomnbartitws==noon

  • joffeloff posted 2 years ago

    Yes, very sure. Hemingway only drank blended daiquiris.

    Here is a quote:

    "The “double frozen daiquiri with no sugar” pretty much steals the show in the second book of the novel Islands in the Stream, titled Cuba, which recounts a marathon drinking session at the Floridita by the protagonist, painter Thomas Hudson."

    "But on this night Thomas Hudson had been ashore about four days when he got really drunk. It had started at noon at the Floridita and he had drunk first with Cuban politicians that had dropped in, nervous for a quick one; with sugar planters and rice planters; with Cuban government functionaries, drinking through their lunch hour; with second and third secretaries of Embassy, shepherding someone to the Floridita; with the inescapable FBI men, pleasant and all trying to look so average, clean-cut-young-American that they stood out as clearly as though they had work a bureau shoulder patch on their white linen or seersucker suits. He had drunk double frozen daiquiris, the great ones that Constante made, that had no taste of alcohol and felt, as you drank them, the way downhill glacier skiing feels running through powder snow and, after the sixth and eighth, felt like downhill glacier skiing feels when you are running unroped."

    Here are a couple of pictures of Papa drinking unmistakably blended daiquiris:

    As far as I am concerned, I *like* blended daiquiris. If a dainty hipster with too large glasses thinks this is 'wrong', I frankly do not value his judgment very high vs that of Papa.

  • argol posted 2 years ago

    Ice machines in Cuba in the 1930's; are you sure?

  • eglemama05yahoocom1280722505 posted 2 years ago

    I am starting a weight loss diet, but I love my evening cocktail. What are the best low-cal cocktails?

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