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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.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail
Calories 180kcal


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


  • 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.


  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.


Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 12IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg