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Hemingway’s Cognac


Ernest Hemingway may be best remembered for his spare and true sentences, but Papa’s legacy is not limited to literature. Some of his books might be considered among the greatest of the 20th century, but as A.A. Gill has pointed out, for better or worse, his novels often read like cocktail lists.

The writer’s enthusiasm for bars, booze, and the art of the cocktail is well documented, and certainly, Hemingway helped introduce some now-classic cocktails to American drinkers - most famously the Papa Doble.

But, even Hemingway had to work his way up to his first daiquiri of the day. Usually - at least, when he was in Paris - he’d start the day at a sidewalk cafe on La Rive Gauche and read the Herald Tribune with a simple cognac and soda.

To be like Papa, all you need to do is pour two parts good cognac to five parts Schweppes Soda Water over ice. A dash of good bitters will make it pop. Unfortunately, the Herald Tribune is no more, but you can always read the Times.

For those who want to know more about Hemingway’s influence on cocktail culture (and its influence on him) Philip Greene’s To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion contains everything you need to know on the subject.


Check out how to make a Cognac and Soda



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