Sunday, July 22, 2012
Largest Daiquiri: Cuba's Floridita bar sets world record
HAVANA, Cuba -- Cuban mixologists whipped up a giant daiquiri weighing in 71 at gallons, in the Old Havana tavern where the tropical cocktail was born and where regular barfly Ernest Hemingway made it popular , setting the world record for the Largest Daiquiri,
according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: Eduardo Bautista (right) and Labrador Ahmed pour pitchers of daiquiris into a giant cocktail glass at El Floridita tavern in Old Havana, Cuba. The event was staged to honor the 195th anniversary of the bar, which means "Little Florida" in Spanish and bills itself as the "cradle of the daiquiri." The giant cocktail also honored the 113 years since the birth of its most famous frequent customer, Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway. Photo: Franklin Reyes / Associated Press (enlarge photo)
The Guinness world record for the most cocktails commercially available is 1,244 and they are listed in the menu of Pench's Cocktail Bar in Varna (Bulgaria).
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the largest seafood cocktail, set by a prawn cocktail weighing 99.72 kg (219 lb 13 oz) and was created by Tom Pickerell (UK) from Shellfish Association of Great Britain at Fishmongers' Hall, London, UK.
For a half-hour, two waiters stood atop a wooden platform pouring pitcher after pitcher of the slushy rum, lemon and sugar concoctions into a 6.5-foot-tall fiber-composite cocktail glass. A misty vapor wafted over the lip as the liquid neared the rim.
The event was staged to honor the 195th anniversary of the bar El Floridita, which means "Little Florida" in Spanish and bills itself as the "cradle of the daiquiri."
The World's Largest Daiquiri also honored the 113 years since the birth of its most famous frequent customer.
Legend has it that "Papa," who took his daiquiris without sugar, once downed 13 doubles in one sitting.
El Floridita is a favorite among tourists tracing Hemingway's footsteps in Cuba, and bartenders always set out a daiquiri next to a statue of the Nobel Prize-winning novelist.
"The first one is for Hemingway!" organizer Somalia Perez yelled as waiters filled glasses for jury members to sample. The crowd sang Cuba's version of "Happy Birthday" to the writer sometimes referred to here as "Ernesto."
A gala was planned later in the day to mark the 50th anniversary of the Hemingway Museum Foundation at Finca Vigia, the villa on the outskirts of Havana where the novelist lived from 1939 to 1960.
Hemingway willed the home to the Cuban people, and it has been preserved much the same as it was when he left the island.
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