Hemingway Daiquiri

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Hemingway Daiquiri, aka the Hemingway Special

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
Sometimes the lighting can make the drink look less pink and more orange

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.

Ingredients (clockwise from back): White Rum, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Grapefruit Juice, Lime Juice
Ingredients (clockwise from back): White Rum, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Grapefruit Juice, Lime Juice

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).

Hemingway daiquiri with white rum and luxardo

Hemingway Daiquiri

The Hemingway Daiquiri, aka the Hemingway Special, is a strong riff on the Floridita Daiquiri. Easy to make and easy to drink, this drink might just be your new favorite.
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Course: Cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine: Caribbean, Cuban
Keyword: Floridita Daiquiri, Hemingway Daiquiri, The Hemingway Special
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1 drink
Cost: $2

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker

Ingredients

  • 60 ml White Rum
  • 40 ml Grapefruit Juice freshly squeezed preferably
  • 15 ml Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
  • 15 ml Lime Juice freshly squeezed

Instructions

  • 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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The Hemingway Daiquiri

Hemingway daiquiri with white rum and luxardo
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