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Cubans Honor Ernest Hemingway With Giant Daiquiri

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Cubans Honor Ernest Hemingway With Giant Daiquiri
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Ernest Hemingway loved a good drink. To celebrate the writer's 113th birthday a Cuban bar gave its most famous patron his favorite cocktail and then more: a giant daiquiri.

Aiming to set a world record, 10 bartenders and 55 volunteers worked to fill a 6.5-foot tall cocktail glass with 270 liters of daiquiri - a concoction of white rum, lime juice and shaved ice.The feat required over 80 bottles of rum,  66 lbs (30 kg) of sugar, 30 liters of lemon, 10 liters of maraschino and over 440 lbs (200 kg) of crushed ice.

The giant daiquiri was whipped up at Floridita bar, where the drink became popular thanks to Hemingway. The writer spent countless hours there consuming his fair share of daiquiris (without sugar and double rum) to combat the warm island weather. Floridita honors Hemingway with a bronze statue of him sitting in his preferred spot at the bar with a daiquiri in front.

Hemingway's ties to Cuba run deep. It was there where he drew his inspiration for The Old Man and the Sea, which he wrote while living on a farm in the outskirts of Havana. Off and on, the Nobel Prize winning author spent more than two decades on the island before his death in 1961.


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