It was a taste of the Florida Keys at Palace Cafe on a steamy October Monday. As we sipped on expertly crafted cocktails that were brought to life through the research of author Philip Greene who wrote To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion, we heard the incredible history of Papa’s Pilar Rum and got to sample their five varietals. I liked how the bottles are modeled after World War II canteens and even have a chain holding the top to the bottle.
The food we paired our cocktails with was inspired by the exotic flavors of the Caribbean. The shrimp was nestled in an amazing mint sauce. The Mahi Mahi sat atop jerked rice. The chocolate cake was topped with charred lime ice cream, and it even had a device with which to inject more rum into the cake.
No one could have been disappointed by this Ernest Hemingway-inspired meal that thrust together American and tropical styles of food and drink. He even joined us in the form of a tiki glass that looks just like him.