You're in the birthplace of the daiquiri. This is where Hemingway catapulted this drink to fame.

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Daiquiris in El Floridita

Daiquiri, anyone?

El Floridita, along with La Bodeguita del Medio, is the most famous bar on the island. As the urban legend goes, this is the birthplace of the daiquiri. Apparently when the War of Independence ended, a bartender invented the popular beverage, and it rapidly became one of the two best known cocktails in the island. Ernest Hemingway, a habitual patron of this bar and daiquiri enthusiast, became the best ambassador that El Floridita could ask for; we have him to thank for the popularity that daiquiris enjoy today. This is why El Floridita has two special recognitions for him: one is a statue that occupies the bar where they say he would sit to have his drinks, and the other is the Papa Hemingway Special, one of their most popular cocktails (a daiquiri with grapefruit).

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