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Ernest Hemingway loved to drink. Unless he was writing or fighting (two situations in which he believed one should be completely "cold"), Papa was heavy-handed with whiskey, wine, rum—you name it. And he didn't hide his penchant for booze. As he wrote in A Moveable Feast, "Drinking wine...was as natural as eating and to me as necessary."
Though he is known for popularizing the Hemingway Daiquiri in Havana and creating the spritzy, absinthe-laced Death in the Afternoon, legend has it that an extra-dry martini was actually his standby cocktail. Frederic Henry, the protagonist in Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms, may have expressed the author's feelings about the cocktail best: "I had never tasted anything so cool and clean. They made me feel civilized."