Photo: Cuban Bar Makes Record-Breaking Daiquiri, Celebrates Ernest Hemingway's Birthday
A Cuban bar created the world’s largest daiquiri over the weekend.
To celebrate its 195th anniversary, Havana’s El Floridita bar set a new world record with a giant daiquiri. The enormous drink took about 30 minutes to fill a 6’5”-tall cocktail glass.
According to the World Records Academy in Miami, the concoction broke the previous record with a 71-gallon daiquiri. El Floridita is said to have been a favorite of author Ernest Hemingway and claims to be the originator of the now worldwide drink known as the daiquiri.
As part of the celebration, guests sang Cuba’s version of “Happy Birthday” in remembrance of Hemingway, whose 113th birthday was Saturday.
Legend has it that “Papa,” who took his daiquiris without sugar, once downed 13 doubles in one sitting.
El Floridita is a favorite among tourists tracing Hemingway’s footsteps in Cuba, and bartenders always set out a daiquiri next to a statue of the Nobel Prize-winning novelist.
“The first one is for Hemingway!” organizer Somalia Perez yelled as waiters filled glasses for jury members to sample. The crowd sang Cuba’s version of “Happy Birthday” to the writer sometimes referred to here as “Ernesto.”
A gala was planned for later in the day to mark the 50th anniversary of the Hemingway Museum Foundation at Finca Vigia, the villa on the outskirts of Havana where the novelist lived from 1939 to 1960.
Hemingway willed the home to the Cuban people, and it has been preserved much the same as it was when he left the island.