2 Cocktails Inspired by Ernest Hemingway

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That the great American author Ernest Hemingway was an alcohol enthusiast is no secret.

As he writes in For Whom the Bell Tolls, “one cup took the place…of all the things he had enjoyed and forgotten and that came back to him when he tasted that opaque, bitter, tongue-numbing, brain-warming, stomach-warming, idea-changing liquid alchemy.”

Philip Greene, a founding member of the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans, LA, decided to investigate Hemingway’s drinking habits. His findings? A host of cocktails that Hemingway himself both inspired and enjoyed; rumor even has it that he’s to thank for naming the Bloody Mary!

In To Have and Have Another, Greene presents a mean menu of cocktail recipes along with fascinating stories that link them to Hemingway. Go on and take a look at two of our favorites from the book.


To Have and Have Another Graphic Blog2 oz. apple brandy (Calvados or Laird’s applejack or apple brandy)
1/2 oz. fresh lime or lemon juice
1/4 oz. grenadine (preferably genuine pomegranate)

Shake well with ice; strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with twist of lime or lemon peel.

To Have and Have Another Graphic 21 1/2 oz. sweet (Italian) vermouth
1 1/2 oz. Cognac

Serve on rocks in an Old Fashioned glass, garnished with orange or lemon rind. Liven up with a splash of seltzer, if desired.

For more recipes, be sure to order a copy of To Have and Have Another from the following outlets:

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