To Have and Have Another – The Hemingway Bartender’s Companion


“Will you have a drink?”  I held out the flask. “Hemingway is my name.”

This line, from Hemingway’s Green Hills of Africa, was how the evening began at Hemingway’s former Key West home on Friday, February 11, 2011.  The Hemingway Home and Museum (907 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL) played host for To Have and Have Another – The Hemingway Bartender’s Companion, presented by Philip Greene, and co-sponsored by the Key West Art and Historical Society (KWAHS). 

During the 3 hour evening, Philip presented five different Hemingway cocktails, discussed several more, and before and after his presentation, guests were able to mix and mingle while enjoying four other Hemingway libations.  During the presentation itself, Phil served the Jack Rose, the Green Isaac’s Special, the Montgomery Martini, the Negroni, and the Papa Doble Daiquiri. 

Other drinks featured at this gala event were the Chambery Cassis (A Moveable Feast), the Cuba Libre (To Have and Have Not, the Americano (The Good Lion), the Bloody Mary (Selected Letters), the Death in the Afternoon (The Gentleman’s Companion, Pt. II), Tom Collins (Islands in the Stream), Gin and Tonic (Islands in the Stream), and the Gimlet (The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber, and Green Hills of Africa).

The event was a fundraiser for the Key West Art and Historical Society, and featured a silent auction, along with a costume contest (many of the attendees dressed as Hemingway, his friends, wives, girlfriends, and other notable contemporaries).  Claudia Pennington, Executive Director of the Key West Art and Historical Society, acted as Master of Ceremonies, and she and her amazing team ensured that the event went off splendidly, and it did.

Philip Greene measures out the perfect Montgomery Martini

Above photo courtesy of Michael Haskins.

The recipes follow:

Jack Rose

1 ½ oz Laird’s Applejack

¾  oz fresh Key Lime juice

½ oz grenadine

 Shake well with ice, strain into chilled cocktail glass

Green Isaac’s Special

2 oz Hendrick’s Gin

4 oz green coconut water

1 oz lime juice

4 drops Angostura Bitters

Fill highball glass with ice, add all ingredients, stir, serve.  Optional garnish, wedge of lime.

Many of Key West's finest citizens donned wonderful costumes for this soiree


Above photo courtesy of Michael Haskins.

Montgomery Martini

2 oz Plymouth Gin

1 tsp Noilly Prat dry vermouth

1 Spanish cocktail onion (frozen)

silent auction items


1 oz Campari

1 oz Martini & Rossi sweet vermouth

1 oz Plymouth Gin

Pour Gin, Campari and Vermouth into a highball glass filled with ice.  Stir.  Top with seltzer and garnish with an orange wedge or lemon twist.

Philip Greene and Claudia Pennington gather round Papa


Double Frozen Daiquiri No Sugar, aka, the Papa Doble

 3 ¾  oz Flor de Cana white rum OR Mount Gay Eclipse White Rum

2 oz fresh lime juice

2 oz fresh grapefruit juice

6 drops Luxardo maraschino liqueur

 Also available at the service bar were the following:

 Death In The Afternoon

 Pour 1 jigger of Pernod absinthe into a champagne glass. Add iced champagne until it attains the proper opalescent milkiness (we recommend 1 ½ oz Pernod absinthe, along with about 4 oz Perrier-Jouet Champagne or Piper Sonoma Brut).

At the service bar were placards featuring Hemingway photos, excerpts, and cocktail recipes

 Chambery Cassis

 3 ounces Dolin dry vermouth

1/2 ounce creme de cassis

a splash of club soda

 Make on the rocks in a highball glass. 

 Bloody Mary

 “To make a pitcher of Bloody Marys (any smaller amount is worthless) take a good sized pitcher and put in it as big a lump of ice as it will hold.  (This is to prevent too rapid melting and watering of our product.)  Mix a pint of good russian vodka and an equal amount of chilled tomato juice.  Add a table spoon full of Worcester Sauce.  Lea and Perrins is usual but can use A1 or any good beef-steak sauce.  Stirr. (sic) Then add a jigger of fresh squeezed lime juice.  Stirr.  Then add small amounts of celery salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper.  Keep on stirring and taste it to see how it is doing.  If you get it too powerful weaken with more tomato juice.  If it lacks authority add more vodka.  Some people like more lime than others.  For combatting a really terrific hangover increase the amount of Worcester sauce – but don’t lose the lovely color.  Keep drinking it yourself to see how it is doing.  I introduced this drink to Hong Kong in 1941 and believe it did more than any other single factor except perhaps the Japanese Army to precipitate the fall of that Crown Colony.  After you get the hang of it you can mix it so it will taste as though it had absolutely no alcohol of any kind in it and a glass of it will still have as much kick as a really good big martini.  Whole trick is to keep it very cold and not let the ice water it down.

Ernest Hemingway – Selected Letters, 1917-1961 , from a letter to Bernard Peyton, April 5, 1947

Costume winner Dink Bruce (presented a copy of Old Man and the Sea)



1 oz gin

1 oz Martini & Rossi sweet vermouth

2 oz seltzer 

Cuba Libre

 2 oz Mount Gay Eclipse or Flor de Cana white rum

4 oz cola

Make on rocks in glass, garnish with lime wedge


 2 oz Hendrick’s or Plymouth gin

1 oz lime juice

 Hemingway Gin and Tonic

 2 oz Hendrick’s or Plymouth gin   

4 oz tonic water

2 dashes Angostura  bitters

 Make in glass, garnish w/lime wedge

 Hemingway Tom Collins

 2 oz Hendrick’s or Plymouth gin

1 oz lime juice

4 oz coconut water

2 dashes Angostura  bitters

 Make in glass with ice, garnish with lime wedge

To view many, many more great photos from this gala event, please see

We wish to thank our hosts at the Hemingway House, Claudia Pennington and the Key West Art and Historical Society, and our generous sponsors, namely:  Remy Cointreau, Plymouth Gin, Skyy Vodka, Laird’s Applejack, Campari, Hendrick’s Gin, Flor de Cana Rum, Mount Gay Rum, Perrier Jouet Champagne, Pernod Absinthe, Piper Sonoma Sparkling Wine, Dolin Vermouth/Haus Alpenz Importers, Noilly-Prat Dry Vermouth, and Martini & Rossi Sweet Vermouth.

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