The original Hemingway Daiquiri was too strong to drink, so a clever bartender toned it down and sweetened up (or so the legend goes). The modern-day version is crisp and refreshing with flavors from lime, grapefruit, and rum.

A Hemingway Daiquiri in a cocktail glass.
Table of Contents
  1. Ingredient notes
  2. Step-by-step instructions
  3. Recipe tips and variations
  4. Hemingway Daiquiri Recipe

Ingredient notes

  • Maraschino liqueur: Made from distilled Marasca cherries, it has a nutty, herbal flavor rather than a cherry one. Luxardo and Maraska are popular brands, and there are no good substitutes.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add rum, lime juice, grapefruit juice, and maraschino liqueur.
Adding liquor to a cocktail shaker.
  1. Shake vigorously until chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lime wedge.
Pouring a Hemingway Daiquiri into a cocktail glass.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Also known as: The Hemingway Special or the Papá Doble. Adapted from the Floridita Daiquiri in Cuba (Hemingway wanted no sugar and double rum, and the rest is history).
  • Yield: This recipe makes one cocktail because they are best made individually.
  • Glassware: A stemmed glass such as a coupe or martini glass is traditional.
  • Simple syrup: Sweeten this cocktail even more with a splash of homemade simple syrup: Combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved (do not boil). Remove from heat and cool before adding 1 tablespoon (or more to taste) to your cocktail shaker with the other ingredients. Store leftover simple syrup covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 weeks.

More refreshing cocktails

A Hemingway Daiquiri in a cocktail glass.

Hemingway Daiquiri

The original Hemingway Daiquiri was too strong to drink, so a clever bartender toned it down and sweetened up (or so the legend goes). The modern-day version is crisp and refreshing with flavors from lime, grapefruit, and rum.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 2 mins
Servings 1 cocktail
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Calories 180

Ingredients 

  • 2 ounces white rum (¼ cup)
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice (1 ½ tablespoons)
  • 1/2 ounce fresh grapefruit juice (1 tablespoon)
  • 1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur (1 tablespoon, see note 1)
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Instructions 

  • To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add rum, lime juice, grapefruit juice, and maraschino liqueur.
  • Shake vigorously until chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lime wedge.

Notes

  1. Maraschino liqueur: Made from distilled Marasca cherries, it has a nutty, herbal flavor rather than a cherry one. Luxardo and Maraska are popular brands, and there are no good substitutes.
  2. Also known as: The Hemingway Special or the Papá Doble. Adapted from the Floridita Daiquiri in Cuba (Hemingway wanted no sugar and double rum, and the rest is history).
  3. Yield: This recipe makes one cocktail because they are best made individually.
  4. Glassware: A stemmed glass such as a coupe or martini glass is traditional.
  5. Simple syrup: Sweeten this cocktail even more with a splash of homemade simple syrup: Combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved (do not boil). Remove from heat and cool before adding 1 tablespoon (or more to taste) to your cocktail shaker with the other ingredients. Store leftover simple syrup covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 weeks.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktailCalories: 180kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 49mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 12IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg
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