Thursday, July 18, 2019
In Havana, a bar just off of the square in Old Town Havana was El Floridita. This is a bar that was owned by Constantiono Ribalaigua Vert. He has been credited with the invention of the “frozen Daiquiri” To this day it is the best please in the world to go have one of these very refreshing cocktails. A pleasure that I have enjoyed many times.
He did his best writing in the morning, standing in front of his typewriter, plucking the keys as fast as the words might come to him. This was fortunate, because by 11 a.m., the Havana heat began to creep into his rented room at the Hotel Ambros Mundos. He couldn't think in the swelter, much less write. If the trade winds were good, Hemingway might make his way to Havana Harbor, where his boat, Pilar, was docked in the 1930s. But on other days, he would take the ornate caged elevator down from Room 511 to the lobby and make his way out to the sun-speckled street. It was just a 10-minute stroll through Old Havana from Hotel Ambos Mundos to El Floridita, his favorite bar. Between the heat and the morning spent cooped in his small room, Hemingway was always parched by the time he arrived at El Floridita.
According to Hilary Hemingway, Ernest’s niece, Ernest Hemingway's niece, explains: "In the early 1930s, Hemingway went into the Floridita to use the restroom one day. People in the bar were bragging about the daiquiris that were being served there. So he ordered one and took a sip. Ernest asked for another one, this time with 'no sugar and more rum.' And that's how the , or the Hemingway Daiquiri, was born." Ribalaigua coined the drink after Hemingway and the rest is literary-meets-libation history. The was for Hemingway, known for his graying beard and fatherly self-assurance. The well, that meant two. Two times more liquor to pack the most punch. Hemingway proudly boasted to have downed 17 of Constante's daiquiris over the course of one afternoon in 1942.