Havana.- El Floridita, a famous bar in the city known as the cradle of daiquiri, a cocktail made of lemon juice, sugar and rum celebrated last week its 200th anniversary by holding a unique competition for this icon of the Cuban tourism industry.
The competition aims to select the “King of Kings of the Daiquiri.” At the scene, bartenders prepared the emblematic cocktail and handed out free cups to tourists and locals.
“This icon of our city culture emerged two centuries ago …, representing the best of Cuban culinary tradition,” said Ariel Blanco, the manager of El Floridita.
“This is a place of worship for daiquiri, where the wisdom has been transmitted by generations of bartenders,” Blanco said.
Bartenders from the United States, Cuba and Argentina participate in the two-day event and the winning cocktail will be incorporated into the bar menu in the future.
El Floridita is also known for U.S. writer Ernest Hemingway who lived several years in Cuba and frequented this bar. Today, a life-size bronze statue of the Nobel Laureate stands at the entrance in his honor.