Friday, June 3, 2011

How to Drink Like Earnest Hemingway

Earnest Hemingway Tomini

I mentioned yesterday that Hemingway's Islands in the Stream is full of alcohol-soaked moments.  While there are a lot of food references as well, the beverage descriptions are much more appealing.  Which would you choose: a peanut butter and onion sandwich or one of these:

Thomas Hudson took a sip of the ice-cold drink that tasted of the fresh green lime juice mixed with the tasteless coconut water that was still so much more full-bodies than any charged water, strong with the real Gordon's gin that made it alive to his tongue and rewarding to swallow, and all of it tautened by the bitters that gave it color.  It tastes as good as a drawing sail feel, he thought.  It is a hell of a good drink.

One character late in the book calls this drink a Tomini.  The Hemingway Cookbook agrees.  To Have and Have Another: The Hemingway Companion (what a perfect name!) calls their versions of the drink the Green Isaac's Special and the Hemingway Tom Collins.


2 ounces of gin
juice of one lime
dash or two of Angostura bitters
about 4 ounces of coconut water*

Mix the ingredients with ice and serve.

*Coconut water is the liquid inside a fresh coconut, not coconut milk.  It is sometimes available in cans or bottles.  If you buy it that way, make sure it is not sweetened.


  1. AnonymousJune 03, 2011

    That sounds like a great drink ,do well today as very hot here ,all the best stu

  2. That looks yummy, potent AND refreshing--probably a deadly combination!

    (Is your title a pun--drinking in earnest, like hemingway? which i guess is a less snarky way of asking if there's a typo in your title...)

  3. Thanks for the mention! BTW, my book, titled "To Have and Have Another - The Hemingway Cocktail Companion," will be published in November by Penguin Press. It's available via pre-order on Amazon:

    It's basically a cocktail lovers guide to the life and works of Hemingway, and features 55 cocktails I found in his works, letters, bios, etc., as well as anecdotes, excerpts, quotes, and of course, how to make the drinks. Cheers, Philip Greene

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