January 16, 2015



Hemingway and the Cocktail

Ernest Hemingway (21 Jul 1899 – 2 July 1961) was, among other things, a war correspondant, bullfighting aficionado, American expatriate, novelist, cat-fancier, fisherman, sub-chaser, Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winner and, for our purposes here, a rather serious drinker. Ernest, or Papa, began drinking as a teenager in his cub reporter days and continued, unabated, throughout his life. Toward the end of his life he was reportedly drinking the equivalent of a quart of whiskey a day.



Charles Baker, in his 1939 classic The Gentleman’s Companion included this drink prepared for him by Papa during a Jan 1937 visit to the author in Key West. Hemingway described it as a “picker-upper” Baker writes: “It’s tartness and its bitterness are its chief charm.” In other words – a typical Hemingway cocktail.
2 oz. Lucas Bols Oude Genever
4 dashes Angostura
1 lime
Add crushed ice to a thin tumbler.
Lace the ice with 4 dashes of Angostura.
Add the juice and crushed peel of 1 lime.
Nearly fill the tumbler with Genever.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 16, 2015 4:36 PM
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And the tag on his toe said "Death by Misadventure". Hemmingway chose the shotgun method.

" The hole in his forehead where the bullet went in was about the size of a pencil.
The hole in the back of his head where the bullet came out was big enough to put your fist in, if it was a small fist and you wanted to put it there.

"I reckon you could have put your foot in the back of his head where the two barrels of heavy duck load splattered out
even if it was a medium-sized foot, and you didn't want to put it there." W.S. Burroughs

Posted by: chasmatic at January 16, 2015 9:56 PM

"...a quart of whiskey a day."?
I believe that to be a greatly "minimalized" accounting.
2 or 3 AA meeting testimonies ought to dispel that "estimate" for heavy drinkers.
" The hole in his forehead where the bullet went in was about the size of a pencil."
So, a single barrel, .410 slug then?

Posted by: CaptDMO at January 17, 2015 9:33 AM

Capt: yeah, 410 is about that diameter, allowing for flesh shrinking in the entrance wound.

I believe Hemmingway was so enthralled with his own legend that he used a 12 gauge, as all manly men are supposed to do.

Posted by: chasmatic at January 17, 2015 8:27 PM