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For whom the booze tolls

At Boise Weekly, Zach Hagadone & Co sample some of Ernest Hemingway's favorite daiquiris:

Ernest Hemingway didn't invent the daiquiri—that honor goes to an American mining engineer working in Cuba at the end of the 19th century—but he did improve on it.

The so-called Papa Doble, which the author probably badgered the bartender into making at El Floridita Bar in Havana sometime in the 1930s or '40s, consists of 2 oz. light rum, .75 oz. fresh lime juice, .5 oz. fresh grapefruit juice, 1 tsp. sugar, and 1 tsp. maraschino liqueur shaken and strained into a chilled cocktail glass. Hemingway described the drink as having "no taste of alcohol and felt, as you drank them, the way downhill glacier skiing feels running through powder snow."

Papa claimed to have downed 16 of them in one sitting—but he also claimed to have cured his erectile dysfunction by going to church. More here.

Describe your favorite daiquiri.

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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