“My mojito at La Bodeguita, my cocktail at El Floridita.” This phrase was written on one of the walls of La Bodeguita del Medio, by one of the most important figures in universal letters: Ernest Hemingway. These two sites in Havana, Cuba, became famous for the phrase and the systematic visits of the writer to his facilities, which attracted the attention of tourists from all over the world.
In 1817 was inaugurated El Floridita, initially it was called La Piña de Plata and is located in Obispo and Monserrate, currently continues in that same place. Later it was named La Florida. In 1910 it was extended with the area of the restaurant, until the street Monserrate, by idea of a French chef.
The Catalan Constantino Ribalaigua Vert began to work like waiter in 1914 and to the four years already was the owner of Floridita.
In the interior part of the Floridita, in the bar, in the corner preferred by Hemingway there is a bronze bust, made in 1954 and a real size sculpture, made in 2003 by José Villa Soberón, where the writer stands on the bar. In all the premises of the premises there are numerous photos of the famous writer with his friends. In his work “Islands in the stream”, Hemingway gave a description of El Floridita, a place where he spent several hours delighting in the delicious cup of Papa Doble, a special daiquirí created in his name and motivated because in Cuba Hemingway was known with the nickname “Dad.”
It was on this site that this delicious cup of daiquiri became a myth under the careful mastery of Constantine in his preparation, and the well-deserved fame that gave him the Nobel Prize for Literature (1954). The drink originated from Santiago de Cuba and was the Catalan Constantine, who took it to the Floridita and gave her personal touch. It is a cocktail prepared with white rum and lime Creole or lime. There are other varieties of daiquirí, but this one was the one that gave him international fame. This cocktail became, from the universal mark granted Hemingway, a Cuban symbol and one of the most drunk in other bars in the world.
Floridita became one of the most admired international bars. Through him have passed all the most select of the arts and politics in the United States and in other parts of the world: Gary Cooper, Ted Turne, Jane Fonda, Pierce Brosnan, Ana Belén, Victor Manuel, Graham, Pablo Milanese, Silvio Rodríguez and many others National and international personalities.
In 1953, Esquire recognized it as one of the seven most famous bars in the world, and received the “Best of the Best Five Star Diamond” award from the American Academy of Gastronomic Sciences.
The Floridita was remodeled after 1961, but the elements that made it famous, including the bar, the bust and the sculpture of the famous writer, are preserved.
Since Cuba has opened up to international tourism, few tourists visit the Capital and do not reach Floridita. There they are portrayed in the sculpture, who described this place as “the best bar in the world,” enjoy their famous daiquirí, the exquisite dishes that are offered in the restaurant, specialized in fish and seafood, delight with the typical music Cuban and feel served by a professional gastronomic service, within an environment full of culture and joy.