“The excellence of the daiquiri was achieved by a Lloretenc”
The relationship between Lloret and the daiquiri is both a passionate and unknown story. A story which cannot be understood without taking into account the important influence that the Lloretencs who moved to Havana in the XIX and XX centuries left, the so-called Americans. Few people know that it was a Lloretenc, Constantí Ribalaigua i Vert, who worked on the recipe for daiquiri until perfecting it.
Constantí Ribalaigua was born in 1888 in Lloret de Mar and in 1899 let for Cuba with his family. Soon after he started working in Floridita, which at that time, was owned by other Lloretencs, Narcís and Francesc Sala Parera. Constantí bought the establishment in 1918. This is how a career began that would lead him to be considered the best cocktail maker of the twentieth century.
Among the milestones of this illustrious Lloretenc, we should highlight the more than 150 cocktails he invented, five of which experts rank among the top 10 Caribbean cocktails of all time.
Constantí is the creator of the frozen daiquiri, also known as the Floridita daiquiri or Lloretenc daiquiri. His secret is rather simple and, therefore, genius: Constantí was the first to add crushed ice to create a more refreshing drink and with a different texture. Success was instant. Hemingway, who regularly frequented the Floridita was a fan of Constantí and put it better than anyone: