There’s An Ernest Hemingway Cocktail Program at Pulitzer’s Bar in Amsterdam

Tucked away in the luxurious Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam, which overlooks the Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht canals in the historic city centre, is Pulitzer’s Bar. The swanky, Art-Deco styled yet cozy hotel bar creates traditional craft cocktails  with contemporary influences, in a relaxed cocktail lounge with antique leather armchairs and plush velvet furnishings.

Check out the latest drinks, inspired by the writings of literary master Ernest Hemingway.

Ernest Hemingway Cocktails at Pulitzer’s Bar Amsterdam


Pulitzer’s Bar’s newest cocktail menu took its inspiration from the legendary life of Ernest Hemingway. From his time spent in Italy during World War l to the late glamorous nights in Paris in the 1920s, and later from his stop in Cuba and perhaps his most famous book “The Old Man and the Sea”.

River Side Sour inspired by A Farewell to Arms


During World War I, Ernest Hemingway volunteered to serve in Italy as an ambulance driver with the American Red Cross. In June 1918, while running a mobile canteen dispensing chocolate and cigarettes for soldiers, he was wounded by Austrian mortar fire, near the Piave River in northeastern Italy.

River Side Sour is a take on a Pisco Sour, with an Italian twist.

Refreshing, Aromatic, Sweet and Sour;shaken with Ketel One Vodka, Vecchio Amaro del Capo, Grappa Nonino, Lemon Juice, Sugar Syrup, and dry shaken Chickpea Water.  Then, strained over Ice Cubes into a tumbler and garnished with a Lemon Zest and Purple Shisho.

Love Letter Cobbler inspired by A Farewell to Arms


They say first love never fades away. Agnes and Hemingway shared an impossible love affair during his time in Italy. It all ended with a letter from Agnes on 7th of March 1919, saying “I am writing this late at night after a long think by myself, and I am afraid it is going to hurt you, but, I’m sure it won’t harm you permanently.”

A mix of any spirit, sugar, crushed ice and fruit, the cobbler takes its name from the “cobbles” of ice over which it was traditionally built.

Light, Fruity, Dry and Floral; mixed with Rose Petals infused Fino Sherry, Pekoe Jasmine Green Tea Liqueur, Melon Purée, and Peychaud’s Bitters into a wine glass.  Then, topped up with Crushed Ice and garnished with a Mint Spring and a Rose Bud.

Expat Sazerac inspired by The Lost Generation


The phrase “The Lost Generation,” as coined by Gertrude Stein, refers specifically to expatriate writers who left the United States to take part in the literary culture of cities such as Paris and London during the 1920s. This group was skeptical about out-dated traditional forms of literary and artistic work, but optimistic about the potential of new forms.

A non-traditional Sazerac, with ingredients from both continents.

Bitter and Sweet; Pistachio Oil fat-washed Talisker Storm Scotch Whisky, Yaguara Cachaca, Salted Caramel Syrup, Peychaud’s and Salted Absinthe mixed with Ice Cubes.  Then, strained in a pre-chilled small tumbler and garnished with an orange zest.

El Comandante inspired by The Old Man and the Sea


Hemingway was the only American civilian with permission to conduct patrols off the coast of Cuba, he took it upon himself to patrol the Caribbean with his fishing boat, Pilar, in search for German U-boats. In other days, he would just indulge in a few daiquiris or sometimes something stronger.

‘El Presidente’, a Cuban classic cocktail, first appeared in 1924 Manual del Cantinero. This is a modern twist on this classic.

Strong, Smooth and Sweet; Zacapa 23 Rum, William George Rum, Muscatel Wine, Orange Bitters, and Spice Syrup mixed with Ice Cubes.  Then, strained in a pre-chilled Nick&Nora glass and garnished with a Chocolate Stick.

Pulitzer’s Bar Amsterdam Details

Keizersgracht 234, (in the Hotel Pulitzer) Amsterdam, The Netherlands; @Hotel.Pulitzer.Amsterdam,

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