Hemingway Cocktails Around Town in DC

Union Market Sponsors

In February Philip Greene, Co-Founder of the Museum of the American Cocktail, showcased his new book To Have and Have Another – A Hemingway Cocktail Companion around town in Washington, DC. On February 21 Phil presented his book at Union Market where guests were treated to four cocktails featured in the book along with food from local vendors and cocktail demonstrations by Gina Chersevani of Hank’s Oyster Bar (Capitol Hill) and Buffalo & Bergen. On February 28, to raise funds for the DC Public Library Foundation, Phil also showcased his book at the Shaw Public Library.

Union Market Seminar

Philip Greene presents to a sell out audience at Union Market.

Phil’s seminars detailed how his book covers various cocktails that make appearances in Hemingway’s books, “Papa’s” personal favorites, his philosophies and views on a good drink along with some general cocktail history and anecdotes.

At Union Market, Phil showcased the Jack Rose, Americano, the Bailey and the Daiquiri.

Phil at Shaw Library

Philip Greene presents at the Shaw Public Library.

For the DC Public Library Foundation, Phil showcased the Champagne Cocktail and the Hemingway Gin and Tonic, two simple cocktails that distinguish themselves with the addition of Angostura bitters.  Phil noted that bitters such as Angostura are a great way to “season” cocktails, similar to how chefs use herbs and spices to season food. The Hemingway Gin and Tonic simply takes the standard G&T and adds a couple dashes of Angostura.

Gina Americano

Gina Chersevani presents the Americano at Union Market.


1 oz. Campari

1 oz. Martini Italian (sweet) vermouth

1-2 oz. seltzer (to taste)

Add all ingredients to a rocks or highball glass filled with ice. Stir. Garnish with an orange wedge or a lemon twist.

Suggested Reading: “The Good Lion”

Greene Book Signing

Phil signs copies of  To Have and Have Another – A  Hemingway Cocktail Companion at Union Market.


1.5 oz. Beefeater 24 London Dry Gin or Plymouth Gin

½ oz. grapefruit juice

½ oz. fresh lime juice

1 tsp. simple syrup (optional)

1 sprig mint

Invented by Hemingway’s friend Gerald Murphy, a fellow American expatriate living in France in the 1920s.  Here are Murphy’s instructions on how to make the drink (from a letter to Alexander Woolcott):

The mint should be put in the shaker first. It should be torn up by the hand as it steeps better. The fin should be added then and allowed to stand a minute or two. Then add the grapefruit juice and then the lime juice. Stir vigorously with ice and do not allow to dilute too much, but serve very cold, with a sprig of mint in each glass.

Champagne Cocktail

Champagne Cocktails are readied at Shaw Library.

Champagne Cocktail

4-5 oz. chilled Champagne

1 sugar cube

Angostura bitters

Place a sugar cube at the bottom of a champagne flute. Saturate the cube with Angostura bitters. Slowly fill flute with Champagne.

Suggested Reading: A Farwell to Arms (Chapter 35), The Fifth Column (Act 3, scenes 1 and 4)

Daiquiri Ingredients

Daiquiri (the so-called “E. Henmiway Special,” from the 1937 Floridita cocktail menu)

2 oz Flor de Cana white rum

1 teaspoon grapefruit juice

1 teaspoon Luxardo maraschino liqueur

½ oz fresh lime juice

“Frappe” (chip or crush) some ice, add to shaker, then add remaining ingredients.  Shake well, then pour contents of shaker into a chilled cocktail glass.

Hemingway Gin & Tonic

2 oz. Hendrick’s Gin

4 oz. tonic water

2 dashes Angostura bitters

Fill a tall glass with ice, add ingredients, stir, and garnish with a lime wedge or peel.

Suggested Reading: Islands in the Stream (“Bimini,” Chapter 3), “The Denunciation,” “The Butterfly and the Tank”

Jack Rose

2 oz. Laird’s Applejack

½ oz. fresh lime or lemon juice

¼ oz. grenadine (preferably genuine pomegranate)

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

The Museum wishes to thank our venue hosts, Union Market and Edens Group (especially Courtney Retzky, Richie Brandenburg and Jodie McLean), and the D.C. Library Foundation (Linnea Hegarty and Martha Saccocio).  We would also  like to thank Gina Chersevani, the wonderful staff at Buffalo & Bergen, and our volunteers Luke Johnson, Dave Lord and Matt Keller for their help.

Shaw Library Sponsors

And a very special thanks to our sponsors Campari, Flor de Cana Rum, Hendricks Gin, Laird’s Applejack,  Plymouth Gin, and Beefeater 24 Gin.

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