Cuba's famous Floridita bar, one of American writer Ernest Hemingway's favorite places in Havana, chose on Friday its new "Daiquiri King" in a competition which this year became international with bartenders from the United States, Argentina, Canada and Puerto Rico taking part.
Each of the 12 candidates made five drinks in five minutes. Two were traditional cocktails from Floridita selected at random while the remaining three were based on the classic recipes made from rum, lemon juice and crushed ice.
Pedro Ivan Rodriguez, barman at popular Havana restaurant El Aljibe, won the competition, with two other Cubans coming second and third.
Argentine competitor Christian Delpech, a three-time flair bartending world champion, took the honors for best presentation. "The best thing" for a barman is being part of history, "especially considering what is happening right now in Cuba," he said.