907 Whitehead St
Key West, FL 33040
Join us in the courtyard of the Hemingway Home with Philip Greene to sample Ernest Hemingway’s favorite cocktails. Following Greene’s entertaining and enlightening presentation, enjoy hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment and the ambiance of the Hemingway House
Philip Greene’s To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion takes a spirited look at the life and times of the likely prototype for Dos Equis’ “The Most Interesting Man in the World.” From the woods of North Michigan to World War I, Paris in the 1920s (think Midnight in Paris), to Key West, Cuba, Africa, Europe, from covering the Spanish Civil War to hunting for U-Boats on the Gulf Stream, to covering the landings off Omaha Beach during D-Day, to the liberation of Paris, Hemingway was the epitome of a bon vivant, and lived a full and compelling life. And he wrote a bit, too.
Greene focuses on the drinks that Hemingway and his characters enjoyed in novels and short stories such as The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, and The Snows of Kilimanjaro. Greene explains how Hemingway (like Ian Fleming, Raymond Chandler, and other authors) used drink to add another layer of complexity to his characters and the setting. In 1933, Hemingway wrote the following in a letter:
“I am trying, always, to convey to the reader a full and complete feeling of the thing I am dealing with; to make the person reading feel it has happened to them.”
So if the story took place in Key West, Cuba, Italy or Spain, his characters were likely to be enjoying drinks from that locale. Further, he described the drink, the way it tasted, how it made the character feel, in a way unsurpassed by any other writer.