“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” – Ernest Hemingway, as quoted in The Good Life According to Hemingway by A.E. Hotchner


In late 2012, a friend and I attended an event hosted by Washington, D.C. bookstore Politics & Prose and showcasing Philip Greene’s recently published book To Have and Have Another – A Hemingway Cocktail Companion.  With the all-you-can-eat hors d’oeuvres, a seemingly endless flow of mixed drinks and a Powerpoint presentation on the life, writings and drinks of Ernest Hemingway, it wasn’t your typical book reading.  But it was tremendous fun.

I’ve skimmed the book, and there is a lot to love for the Hemingway fan and/or the cocktail connoisseur.  Below is the book’s recipe for “Hot Rum Punch,” a drink suggested as an accompaniment to The Sun Also Rises (Chapter 11) and A Moveable Feast (“A Good Cafe on the Place St.-Michel”).  Cheers!

Hot Rum Punch

1 ½ 750 ml bottles Rhum Saint James

1 (750 ml) bottle Cognac

3 quarts boiling water

2 cups lemon juice

Brown sugar, to taste

Handful of cloves

Add all ingredients to a sturdy stockpot or slow cooker; stir occasionally, simmer on low heat for 30 minutes.  Garnish each cup with a spiral of lemon peel, careful to remove the white pith, as it contains unwanted bitterness.



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