Along with his impressive roster of novels, poems and journalistic efforts, Ernest Hemingway is also known and regarded for his tumultuous lifelong affair with alcohol. While we know that he never drank while he was writing (“Have you ever heard of anyone who drank while he worked? You’re thinking of Faulkner. He does sometimes—and I can tell right in the middle of a page when he’s had his first one.”), his novels are littered with references to cocktails and drinking—and Papa, as he was affectionately known among friends, drank well. Most of the time.
After scouring the interwebs and books for clues to Hemingway’s many drinking habits and quotes, we were impressed with the wealth of knowledge this singular man had on the subject—not to mention some of his bizarre methods. Here are a few of the most notable dos and don’ts of his drinking career. Proceed with caution and an open mind.