Largest Daiquiri in the world dedicated to Hemingway
Juan Diego Nusa
(Text and photo)
THE bar staff at Havana’s famous
Floridita restaurant have performed a new feat, by
preparing the largest Daiquiri cocktail in the world,
a Guinness record, as a way of celebrating the 113th
anniversary of the birth of U.S. writer Ernest
Hemingway (1899-1961), Nobel Prize for Literature.
The largest Daiquiri in the
dedicated to U.S. writer Ernest
Hemingway, Nobel Prize for Literature.
The largest Daiquiri in the
88 bottles of Havana Club 3-year Añejo
Eduardo Bautista Viñole and
Labrador Crespo pour the contents
of the jars into
a giant goblet, the work of Cuban artist
"This has been the dream of all the
workers here to celebrate the 113th anniversary of
the birth of Hemingway, who is part of the
Floridita’s magic and charm in his own right," said
Andrés Arencibia Mohar, director of the
establishment, located at the entry to Obispo Street
in Old Havana, a World Heritage Site.
The expert hands of 30 bartenders
and assistants skilled in the art of cocktail making
used 12 huge blenders to prepare 275 liters/ 1,466
cocktails of this refreshing drink in just 33
The effort involved 88 bottles of
Havana Club rum (3-year Añejo Blanco), and the rest
of the ingredients in their corresponding
proportions: lime juice, white sugar, maraschino and
Standing on chairs on both sides of
a giant triangular goblet, two employees (Eduardo
Bautista Viñole and Ahmed Labrador Crespo) poured
the contents of jars passed to them by bartenders
before invited guests and journalists who filled the
Floridita, and curious people outside who watched
the event on a screen placed in the street.
The giant goblet, more than two
meters in height and 1.30 meters in diameter, was
specially created for the occasion by Cuban artist
Lázaro Navarrete, who used fiberglass, polyester and
glass resin in the distinctive white and red colors
of the bar-restaurant.
This unique competition was part of
festivities marking the 195th anniversary of the
Floridita, which Hemingway assiduously frequented
during the 20 years he spent in Cuba. His presence
is immortalized there by a life-size bronze statue,
seated on the left side of the long mahogany bar.
After creating the record, the first
Daiquiri was for him, a "Papa Special", as he liked
it: double rum, no sugar, the juice of half a lime,
drops of grapefruit juice and half a teaspoon of
maraschino. A whole ritual.
A jury comprising José Castelar
-"Cueto"- a cigar roller with five Guinness records
for the longest Havana in the world; Cuban writer
Fernándo Fornés; Otto Ermus, Cuban representative of
Lloyd’s Register EMEA; Ada Rosa Alfonso, director of
the Ernest Hemingway Museum, and journalist Amado de
la Rosa, from Opciones weekly, among others.
"It’s wonderful, delicious,
excellent," said Cueto after the new Guinness record
was confirmed, while those present and others from
the small adjoining park were invited to enjoy this
drink, perfect for a hot tropical climate.
The Floridita bar-restaurant,
currently managed by the Palmares enterprise, opened
its doors for the first time in 1817. In 1953,
Esquire magazine acknowledged it as one of the
seven most famous bars in the world, specializing in
cocktails and seafood cuisine.
In 1992 it won the Best Five Star
Diamond Award given by the American Academy of
Gastronomic Science as the King of Daiquiris and the
most representative restaurant specializing in