Philip Greene, author of To Have and Have Another – A Hemingway Cocktail Companion, comes to the Commonwealth Restaurant and Skybar and introduces us to some cocktails inspired by the life and times of the famous author. Friday, March 21, at 6pm
“While of course he was a drinker and was going to be one wherever he was, he happened to be (as he was in many respects) where the action was with respect to cocktails. Paris in the 1920’s was home to bartending legends such as Harry MacElhone (Harry’s New York Bar), Jimmie Charters (the Dingo and many other famous Left Bank bars), and of course, the Crillon and Ritz, and all the other great cafes (Closerie de Lilas, the Select, Brasserie Lipp, et al.). Then you have him often traveling to Madrid (where he befriended the great barman Pedro Chicote), and Venice (Giuseppe Cipriani, Harry’s Bar), later on Cuba (Constante Ribailagua of the Floridita), and so on. He knew where great drinks were being made, and the places, the drinks and the people all helped him in adding depth and character to his prose.” -Philip Greene
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