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Cuban home of the Daiquiri turns 200 in 2017, a milestone that I wish I could be there to celebrate.
Daiquiri Season is upon us and it is natural
that our thoughts to go the cradle of the daiquiri, El Floridita in
Havana. This month marks the 200th
anniversary of the El Floridita's. The
iconic bar and restaurant first opened it
doors in 1817 as La Piña de Plata (the silver
pineapple) in the same location where the bar is still located today on the
corner of Obispo and Monserrate Streets just a few blocks from the Square in
Constante Ribalaigue Vert, Owner
The bar drew international
fame thanks to the hard work of Constantino Ribalaigua Vert, a Catalan
immigrant that got his start as a cantinero (bartender). It
was Vert who turned the bar into a daiquiri destination and invented the Frozen
Daiquiri in the 1930s.
Ernest Hemingway and Constante
El Floridita has become a magnet for noted
authors and famous dignitaries from around the world. Ernest Hemingway, virtually made El Floridita
his home in the Forties, he famously requested his daiquiri with no sugar and
double the rum, that would become known as "Papa Doble" or Hemingway
Group at Constante's Grave for a Daiquiri Toast
My friend Julio Cabrera, first brought me
to the El Floridita in 2013. Julio Cabrera is a Cuban “cantinero” who resides
in Miami and considers himself the unofficial ambassador to El Floridita. He brings international bartenders to Havana
for cultural exchanges. Cabrera says,
"Every time I take American bartenders there, the El Floridita's
cantineros put them behind the bar and teach them how to make the daiquiri in a
blender. Having done this myself, it was very exciting and fun, but learning to
make the “Papa Doble and the El Floridita Daiquiri was priceless. "The bar
is 100 percent hospitality. It's not just about the daiquiris. It's about the
profession and the cantineros. It's one of the best bars in the world."
Hopefully the El Floridita whose fame came
to light when Ernest Hemingway and his love of daiquiris, remains one of the strongholds of Havana
cocktail scene. I have to say that I never miss a chance to visit El Floridita when I'm in Havana. You will never be treated any better or get any finer daiquiri.