The Hemingway Daiquiri

Well, first off, as Paul Clarke points out, what we normally refer to as a “Hemingway Daiquiri” wasn’t exactly what Papa Hemingway normally drank. This is probably a good thing, because most of us don’t have livers made of stone and iron.

That concoction, called a Papa Doble, “was compounded of two and a half jiggers [or 3 3/4 ounces] of Bacardi White Label Rum, the juice of two limes and half a grapefruit, and six drops of maraschino, all placed in an electric mixer over shaved ice, whirled vigorously and served foaming in large goblets.”


Fortunately our usual these days is a bit less mad (and we tend not to quaff 16 of them in one sitting), but there are many variations in the amounts of juices and sweetener. Adjust to fit your own tastes.

The Hemingway Daiquiri

2 ounces light rum. (Havana Club if you’ve got it, Cruzan if not)
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice.
1/2 ounce fresh grapefruit juice.
1/4 ounce maraschino liqueur.
1 barspoon simple syrup.

Combine with ice and shake until your hands freeze. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass straight up, or into a large couple filled with crushed ice. Papa liked his blended, believe it or not — for that version place all ingredients into a blender with a cup or so of ice, and blend until smooth.

At the Vermouth seminar at Tales of the Cocktail 2007, Todd Thrasher of Restaurant Eve and The Majestic Café in Alexandria, Virginia offered this variation on the Hemingway Daiquiri:

The Hemingway Daiquiri
Todd Thrasher’s riff

1-1/4 ounces light rum.
1/4 ounce homemade cherry liqueur (see below).
1/2 ounce simple syrup.
3/4 ounce grapefruit juice.
3/4 ounce lime juice.

Shake with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Garnisih with a cherry in the glass.

(For the cherry liqueur: Take a 1-liter bottle of Noilly Prat dry vermouth and 1 pint pitted Bing cherries. Purée the vermouth and cherries in a blender. Strain through a tripled-over cheesecloth.)


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