The Conga Cooler was one of the many potions created by head barman Pancho Morales at Tommy’s Place in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, in the early 1940s. Signs over the bar advertised drinks to “Hemingway types” and soldiers who were living in the moment.
The Sazerac Bar, with its long walnut counter, and the elegant Blue Room, continue to serve happy patrons this historical cocktail. Both the Roosevelt Hotel and the Sazerac cocktail have withstood the test of time.
Given that Hemingway lived in Cuba for 20 years, you could commemorate Ludwig Bemelmans and Papa’s family ties and creativity with an Old Cuban, one of the bar’s most popular drinks. When mixologist Audrey Saunders created this cocktail in a New York bar in 2002, it became a contemporary classic.
The Champagne Cocktail is sleek, simple, and elegant. You’ve got that sugar cube in there, slowly dissolving, releasing a stream of bubbles and sweetness into the drink. This is a drink that comes with its own built-in fireworks.