Ernest Miller Hemingway a man who loved a good Gin

Ernest Miller Hemingway a man who loved a good Gin

The American author and journalist Ernest Miller Hemingway the great lover of Gin was born on 21st July 1899 and was raised in Illinois.

Many of his publications are considered classics of the American Literature.  The majority of his work was produced between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s and in 1954 he won the Nobel Prize in Literature.  Some of his work was published after his death. But in life history tells us that Ernest loved a good Gin.

He reported for ‘The Kansas City Star’ after finishing high school; however this was for a few months only as he left for the Italian Front and enlisted with the ambulance drivers of World War I.  He returned home in 1918 after being seriously wounded.  His novel ‘A farewell to arms’ was based on his wartime experiences.

Hemingway had four wives.  His first wife was Hadley Richardson whom he married in 1922.  They lived in Paris where he became a foreign correspondent and was clearly influenced by the Lost Generation of 1920, the expatriate community of modernist writers and artist.  In 1926 Hemingway’s first novel The Sun Also Riseswas published.  The couple divorced in 1927.  Pauline Pfeiffer became Hemingway’s second wife that same year.  They divorced in 1940 upon Hemingway’s return from the Spanish Civil War, where he acted as a journalist and after which he wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls.  On this same year Hemingway married his third wife Martha Gellhorn.  Their marriage lasted five years, and in 1946 Hemingway married his fourth wife Mary Welsh, who he met in London during World War II.

One of his best works, The Old Man and the Sea, was published in 1952.  Shortly after the publication Hemingway travelled to Africa on safari where a plane crash almost killed him.  He was left in pain for most of the rest of his life and committed suicide in Idaho on July 2nd, 1961.

The fiction of the 20th-Century has been strongly influenced by Hemingway’s economical and understated style, while later generations have been influenced by his life of adventure and public image.

Hemingway travelled much of his life and was a resident in Havana, Key West, Paris and Idaho.  He always enjoyed a good drink and was proud of his drinking capacity.  One of his quotes says: “A man does not exist until he is drunk.”

As a good drink’s connoisseur, Hemingway would have very much enjoyed our Oliver Twist London Distilled Gin.  Since we are very lucky to be able to enjoy this exquisite drink today, I suggest we raise a glass (or two) on Hemingway’s memory and celebrate his great legacy to us.

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