Cuba tavern tries for world record daiquiri

Eduardo Bautista (right) and Labrador Ahmed pour pitchers of daiquiris into a fiber-composite cocktail glass Saturday at El Floridita tavern in Old Havana, Cuba.

HAVANA — Who says 9 a.m. is too early for a drink? Especially one that its makers believe will set a world record.

Cuban mixologists whipped up a giant daiquiri Saturday morning in the Old Havana tavern where the tropical cocktail was born and where regular barfly Ernest Hemingway made it popular.

“Ready!” cried TV news anchor Froylan Arencibia, on hand to narrate the festivities, as smartly dressed bartenders in red ties and jackets fired up a dozen blenders. “We’re making history!”

For a half-hour, two waiters poured pitcher after pitcher of the slushy rum, lemon and sugar concoctions into a 6.5-foot-tall fiber-composite cocktail glass.

Organizers said that at around 71 gallons, they believe they set a world record. A jury on hand to judge the attempt included a Cuban man who holds the record for rolling the world’s longest cigar, and he said organizers have been in touch with Guinness World Records about recognizing the monster daiquiri.

The event was staged to honor the 195th anniversary of the bar El Floridita, which bills itself as the “cradle of the daiquiri.”