TGIF, Weekend Cocktail Recipe – Hemingway’s Mojito!

DSC_0084Having a mojito at Hemingway’s Island Grill Pensacola Beach, Florida.

The Mojito Always Rises to the top of my summer drink list. Their isn’t really ever a choice To Have and Have Not when it comes to this perfect warm climate drink, its perfect blend of citrus and island rum makes it hard cocktail to beat.
– Scott Smith @ Smittys Brew Review


majito_featureMojtio Image Via: Four Seasons | Hemingway & Bailey’s Bartending Guide to Great American Writers

mojito_labodeguita The Old Man and the Sea. A Farewell to Arms. The Sun Also Rises. One of the world’s most famous novelists was also one of the world’s most famous drinkers. So much so that he even invented a multitude of cocktail recipes. Spending some of his later years in Cuba, Papa Hemingway developed quite the fondness for rum and rum cocktails, but none more so than the Mojito. Hemingway’s two favorite watering holes in Havana, La Floridita and La Bodeguita del Medio, still stand today. On a small plaque hanging in La Floridita hangs Hemingway’s signed quote: “My mojito in the Bodeguita del Medio and my daiquiri in the Floridita.”
Pete Capella @ The Savory

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Ernest Hemingway's Mojito From La Bodeguita

Ernest Hemingway's Mojito From La Bodeguita

Hemingway didn't always drink mojitos, but when he did he preferred them without sugar. As a diabetic, Papa took most of his drinks (including absinthe and double daiquiris) without sugar.


  • 2 Mint Sprigs
  • 2 tsp Sugar or 3/4 oz. simple syrup
  • 2 oz Havana Club Rum (Añejo Especial or Añejo Blanco)
  • 2 oz Fresh lime juice
  • 2 oz Soda water


  1. In a collins glass, place mint and a teaspoon of sugar.
  2. Crush the mint using a muddler.
  3. Add rum and citrus.
  4. Mix again with muddler.
  5. Finish with soda water followed by crushed ice!


Via: La Bodeguita


Hemingway & Bailey’s Bartending Guide to Great American Writers

In this entertaining homage to the golden age of the cocktail, illustrator Edward Hemingway and writer Mark Bailey present the best (and thirstiest) American writers, their favorite cocktails, true stories of their saucy escapades, and intoxicating excerpts from their literary works. It’s the perfect blend of classic cocktail recipes, literary history, and tales of the good old days of extravagant Martini lunches and delicious excess. When Algonquin Round Table legend Robert Benchley was asked if he knew that drinking was a slow death, Benchley took a sip of his cocktail and replied, “So who’s in a hurry?” Hunter S. Thompson took Muhammad Ali’s health tip to eat grapefruit every day; he just added liquor to the mix. Invited to a “come as you are” party, F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, arrived in their pajamas ready for their cocktail of choice: a Gin Rickey. Forty-three classic American writers, forty-three authentic cocktail recipes, forty-three telling anecdotes about the high life, and forty-three samples of the best writing in literature –Hemingway & Bailey’s Bartending Guide to Great American Writers delivers straight-up fun.


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