Perhaps one of my favorite authors (probably for his short straight-to-the-point prose) Ernest Hemingway is as much known for his literary works as it larger than life personality. A fan of drinking and fighting, it only makes sense he has a drink named after himself. The Hemingway Daiquiri, also known as the Hemingway Special, is a riff on the Floridita Daiquiri with double the rum and no added sugar. Later on grapefruit juice was added giving the drink its signature pink hue.
“Don’t bother with churches, government buildings or city squares. If you want to know about a culture, spend a night in its bars.”Ernest Heminway
As you might expect, the drink is strong. The grapefruit juice adds acidity but not much sweetness, and the Maraschino is notoriously dry as far as liqueurs go. However if you like strong, dry drinks then the Hemingway Daiquiri might be the drink for you. If you prefer a traditional style tiki drink try The Louverture, my foray into inventing my own tiki cocktail.
I mentioned in the first paragraph that this drink is a riff on the Floridita daiquiri, and it is a place where Ernest Hemingway spent much of his time. The bar, located in Havana’s old district, is said to be the place where the frozen daiquiri was invented (although, like most cocktails, this is much disputed).
- Cocktail Shaker
- 60 ml White Rum
- 40 ml Grapefruit Juice freshly squeezed preferably
- 15 ml Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
- 15 ml Lime Juice freshly squeezed
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and double strain into a cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a wedge of lime, or nothing at all.
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