“There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.”
~ Ernest Hemingway
Enjoy the man’s favorite drink (courtesy of the Huffington Post).
Green Isaac’s Special
2 oz London Dry Gin
4 oz green coconut water (not milk)
Juice of one lime (about 1 oz)
2-4 dashes Angostura Bitters, to taste
Shake all ingredients well with ice, transfer contents of shaker into a Collins glass, adding more ice as needed. Garnish with a lime wedge or peel.
Hemingway discovered the joys of mixing gin, lime, and coconut water during his Key West days (1928-1940). In a 1931 letter, he noted, “this is really going to be the hell of a fine house; the lawn is coming well, figs on the fig tree, coconuts on the trees and plenty of limes. Will plant more limes and coconuts. Wish you could plant a gin tree.” The Green Isaac’s Special is found in Islands in the Stream, named for two islands near Bimini, Great Isaac and Little Isaac Cay. “Where Thomas Hudson lay on the mattress his head was in the shade cast by the platform at the forward end of the flying bridge where the controls were and when Eddy came aft with the tall cold drink made of gin, lime juice, green coconut water, and chipped ice with just enough Angostura bitters to give it a rusty, rose color, he held the drink in the shadow so the ice would not melt while he looked out over the sea.”