Consolidation n' Libation : The Hemingway Daiquiri
Chess is the perfect Gentleman's or Lady's game! Everything is proper from the handshakes before and after the match, calling check to let your opponent know that their King is being threatened, and even to resigning or offering a draw. The Purpose of Consolidation 'n Libation is to offer the typical Gentleman or Lady the insight into a classic drink from around the world, perfect enough to play a match and relax. So, Ladies and Gentlemen, the first featured drink is the Hemingway Daiquiri.
The Start of an Inquiry....Or a Daiquiri?!
“An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.” –Ernest Hemingway. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Ernest Hemingway was as recognized for his drinking as he was for his literary works. Hemingway enjoyed life just as much as he enjoyed his drink. A high school graduate, Hemingway furthered his education by his world travels, Key West to Kilimanjaro, Venice to Paris. Hemingway viewed culture in much of the same way as I do, he said, “Don’t bother with churches, government buildings or city squares, if you want to know about a culture, spend a night in its bars.” Thus, Hemingway was able to gather knowledge on drinks from around the world. If there is any man that would know what a good drink is, it's Hemingway. Also, If you do not know much about this man, the myth, the legend, Ernest Hemingway, please watch the biography below:
Now, The Daiquiri
As we start to delve into the drink that Ernest Hemingway could call his own, we take a look at how this cocktail was created. With no surprise, this story starts in Havana, Cuba. One of Ernest Hemingway's most cherished spots that he would eventually call home. Hemingway fell in love with the tropical weather, and eventually the tropical drinks.
As this tale begins, Hemingway was just passing through El Floridita to use the bathroom. Once he was about to walk out the door, he saw bartender, Constantino Ribalaigua Vert, lining the bar top with his famous daiquiris. Of course Hemingway couldn’t resist, he was not about to leave El Floridita without trying one himself. He was intrigued by what he tasted, but preferred the daiquiri with no added sugar and double the amount of white rum, wouldn't be a Hemingway drink if it wasn't a double. When Constantino made a new drink, the way Hemingway suggested, the “Papa Doble” was born. After some time, Hemingway then preferred that the drink also included grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur, to replace the added sugar. It is after those added ingredients, that the "Papa Doble" would become known as the “Hemingway Daiquiri". Hemingway and his daiquiris became a staple at El Floridita. Even till today, you could make your way down to El Floridita and request a daiquiri in the same fashion as Ernest Hemingway preferred his. Also, He preferred to sit in a dark corner of the bar, where he could read or write without distraction while also catching a glimpse of everyone who entered.
Now, lets get ready to partake in the fantastic, clean and classy, drink of Ernest Hemingway...
The Hemingway Daiquiri ("Papa Doble")
3 oz of Bacardi Blanco
1 1/2 oz of Fresh Lime Juice
3/4 oz of Fresh Grapefruit Juice
3/4 oz of Maraschino Liqueur
Fill a shaker one-quarter full of ice.
Add the rum, lime juice, grapefruit juice and maraschino into the shaker.
Shake until shaker is freezing.
Strain and pour drink into a martini glass...and Enjoy!
This Drink is just clean! It is not really sweet which allows your taste buds to be filled with excitement, all without having that sugar rush. The subtle hint of cherry, the perfect blend of grapefruit and lime, and even the double shot of Bacardi really gives you that tropical feeling that will take you to that Bar in Havana, El Floridita. It is a Classic! If you are feeling a bit like Hemingway, give this one a try!
As you indulge in this cool and refreshing cocktail, I just want you to take a second and picture yourself in the 1930's in the streets of Havana, Cuba. You are wondering around looking for a place to sit down and relax. You see this pink building coming up on corner and are intrigued by the style of the building, so you venture into El Floridita. Once you make your way into El Floridita, the sounds of Havana rush into your ears......(Play the track below)
As the sounds start settling in your ear, you notice that the gentleman sitting in the corner of the bar is staring at you intently. However, you make your way over to him anyways to see why he is staring. The man says, you seem like an interesting character, why don't you join me? You can't help but obliged. Your only condition is that the conversation must be held over a game of chess, and the man replies back...and a Daiquiri.
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