The Hemingway series by Arturo Fuente Cigars, named after the famed American author, has become one of the most popular 'All Figurado' lines in the world. In the 1980s there was a lack of interest in Perfectos or “shaped” cigars. The handmade cigars that were popular between 1920 and 1940, were practically nonexistent in the 80’s. When Carlos Fuente travelled to Florida he discovered old Perfecto molds. He brought the old Perfecto molds back to the Dominican Republic factory and taught his master roller the technique of making the challenging Perfecto. Hence, the popular Arturo Fuente Hemingway series caused a rebirth of the hand rolled Perfecto in America.
Arturo Fuente's Gran Reserva Hemingway Signature Natural is the Fuente family’s first handcrafted small batch cigar. The smooth blend of aged Dominican tobaccos encased in a silky African Cameroon wrapper features the most skillful construction found in any cigar. The Hemingway Signature is mild to medium bodied and tastes of wood, leather and sweet chocolate.
Ernest Hemingway once said “An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.” In my case my friends are my fools and I do tend to drink and smoke with them often. We prefer to abide in the finer whiskeys and rums which we pair with our favorite stogies. But on occasions we join up for brunch and enjoy a good Bloody Mary. Here is Papa Hemingway’s recipe for the perfect Bloody.
"To make a pitcher of Blood Marys (any smaller amount is worthless) take a good sized pitcher and put in it as big a lump of ice as it will hold. (This will prevent a rapid melting of the ice and watering down of our product.) Mix a pint of good Russian vodka and an equal amount of chilled tomato juice. Add a tablespoon full of Worcestershire Sauce. Lea and Perrins is preferred but you can use AI or any good beef-steak sauce. Stir, well. Then add a jigger of fresh squeezed lime juice. Stir again. Then add small amounts of celery salt, cayenne pepper, and black pepper. Keep on stirring and taste to see how it is doing. If you get it too powerful, weaken with more tomato juice. If it lacks authority, add more vodka." Ernest Hemingway