After much ado (including a postponement, a recasting of the votes, and a rules change), Tales of the Cocktail announced their 2020 Spirited Awards winners today.
- Base Spirit Rum
- Preparation Shaken
- Flavor Citrusy
- Served Up
What is known is Ernest Hemingway was a regular at Havana, Cuba’s famed El Floridita bar. (Allegedly, he discovered the joint while looking for a bathroom.) From there, the facts defer to legend.
Legend has it that Hemingway had a low tolerance for sugar and the bar created this simple-free Daiquiri variation especially for Papa. (Maraschino is used to achieve a similar effect to the sugar.) The story continues that the author preferred the drink served in doubles known as Papa Dobles which he would consume en masse. El Floridita’s historians claim that Hemingway set a record drinking 16 of these Papa Dobles in one sitting.
The original Papa Doble was served frozen and made use of fresh grapefruit, cut up to order by Floridita’s cantineros. The version below is a contemporary adaptation popularized by craft cocktail bars.
- Add ingredients and ice to a tin. Shake.
- Double strain into a cocktail glass.
- Garnish with lime wheel.