The recipe for the Hemingway Special cocktail was first published in 1939. After changing its name several times, the cocktail finally took the name of the famous writer Ernest Hemingway.
According to history, the cocktail was born during the civil war in Spain (1936-1939) when Hemingway decided to find refuge in Havana. It is said that one day the writer decided to go to a famous bar on the island, the "Floridita" where Constantino Ribalaigua Vert worked. Hemingway, believing himself to be diabetic, would have ordered a Daiquiri without sugar. Then the following days, he would have ordered the same thing with a double ration of rum, the cocktail would then have been named the "Daiquiri a la Papa" and "Daiquiri Como Papa". It would be Antonio Meilan who would have modified the recipe by adding grapefruit juice, the Hemingway Special cocktail would then be born, it is also called Papa Doble.