May 11, 2018
Bringing the flavor of Ernest Hemingway’s Havana to the sunny south of France, Papa Doble is a vintage-style topical bar in Montpellier. Featuring drinks that will change your latitude with an attitude of understated island sophistication, Papa Doble brings a fresh new look to the bar scene in Montpellier while paying homage to one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers along the way. The name Papa Doble itself comes from the nickname given to Ernest Hemingway’s favorite boozy concoction at the legendary El Floridita bar in Havana. It is essentially a daiquiri made without sugar, but instead heavy-handed on the rum – just the way Ernest Hemingway personally requested it to be made. Papa Doble in Montpellier makes their signature version of this drink with Cuban rum, maraschino liqueur, grapefruit cordial, and fresh lime juice, taking you away to the a breezy Caribbean porch in the process. The bar is essentially a shrine to the sun-worn writer and the rest of the cocktail menu is full of drinks perfect for sipping in the sunshine. Two of the best are the ultra cool Papa’s Parrot Colada – made with Cuban rum, coconut cream, white chocolate liqueur, pineapple, and passion fruit – and the Papa’s Summer Cup – gin blended with a homemade sweet syrup of berries and citrus, dry curacao, and bubbly ginger beer. With drinks like this, don’t be surprised at all if you become to a regular at Papa Doble the way Hemingway did at El Floridita.