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was working in Daiquiri, Cuba, for an iron company about a decade after the Spanish-American war. While there, he is reputed to have invented the recipe to make the bitter-tasting rum more palatable. I suppose the drink was born in Daiquiri and raised in Havana. A friend had a “use or lose” ticket for Northern Italy, and I tagged along, finding very reasonable airfare in November. It is an easy drive from the Malpensa airport outside Milan over to Venice, and we had no trouble finding lodging. As this was only my second trip to Italy, and the first to Venice, I

bar of a young Fidel and a whitebearded Papa Hemingway. Nicolet and the other bartenders cheerfully make the drinks that cost $6, with fried plantain included as a bar snack. At night, a three-piece combo of bass, violin and accordion serenades the diners and bar patrons. Although El Floridita claims to be the cradle, as anyone who has read the history of the Daiquiri Room on the wall in the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C., knows, an American, Jennings Cox, conceived the drink. Mr. Cox

2003 statue of Ernest Hemingway by José Villa Soberón inside El Floridita bar. A photograph of Hemingway awarding Fidel Castro a prize in a fishing contest in May 1960 (almost a year and a half after the Cuban revolution) adorns the wall behind the statue. 76

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