Cuba Convenes Daiquiri King Contest

Havana, Jul 2 (Prensa Latina) The legendary Floridita bar-restaurant in Havana convened once again to the cocktail competition dubbed El Rey del Daiquiri (Daiquiri King), a tribute to the so popular Cuban drink, organizers said today.

This is the 8th edition of this event with international nature for a second consecutive year, especially now that Havana is fashionable for travelers from around the world.

The competition will take place on July 14 and 15 at the Floridira bar-restaurant, famous not only for the high quality and originality of their drinks (especially Daiquiri cocktail), but also for its inevitable relation with famous American novelist and Nobel laureate in Literature, Ernest Hemingway, who was a regular client of the facility.

Floridita manager, Ariel Blanco, stated that bartenders from Canada, the United States, Mexico, Panama and the host country have already confirmed their presence, but the list is still open.

The meeting coincides in time with the 199th anniversary of the foundation of Floridita, operated by Palmares S.A. Business Group. Competitors will prepare a classic, mandatory daiquiri cocktail, and then they will prepare other six with different flavors.

This will be the prelude to the 9th edition of this competition, scheduled for 2017.

This will be called “El Rey de Reyes” (The King of Kings), because it will host the winners of the previous eight editions.

The meeting is organized by Floridita, the Palmares S.A. Business Group and the Cuban Bartenders Association (ACC). Havana Club International S.A., AM Group, UCSA Freixenet, MG and Air Europa sponsor the contest.

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