Hemingway Daiquiri Recipe

Ernest Hemingway’s favorite cocktail—a slight variation on the classic daiquiri.

Hemingway Daiquiri Recipe

When most people think of the daiquiri, they think of a rum and sugar soaked frozen poolside concoction, sometimes made with strawberries. While they aren’t entirely wrong, the traditional daiquiri recipe is actually a classic cocktail served straight up like a martini.

What is a Classic Daiquiri?

The daiquiri is a classic cocktail that dates back to Cuba over 100 years ago (I wasn’t there but that’s what the internet tells me), made with rum, fresh lime juice, and sugar, almost like a rum gimlet, served straight up in a coupe glass.

A simple cocktail, with real ingredients. Unfortunately the daiquiri has gotten butchered over the years just like the margarita. Tequila, more tequila, and some artificially sweet and sour mix to drown it all. I digress.

So what’s the deal with the Hemingway daiquiri and is it actually named after Earnest Hemingway? Yes.

What Did Earnest Hemingway Drink?

I’m not going to go all history on you, but the Hemingway Daiquiri is a souped-up variation of the traditional daiquiri, named after Earnest Hemingway himself. History tells us this was his drink of choice while he was writing and living in Cuba. From what I’ve read, the cocktail slowly evolved over time to Hemingway’s liking.

The Hemingway Daiquiri poses two very important differences. Maraschino liqueur and fresh grapefruit juice. The maraschino and grapefruit adds another dimension by contributing a unique combo of balanced flavors while cutting the limes tartness.

While it may not be what you expected, the daiquiri is still the perfect refreshing summer cocktail in my eyes, even if it’s not frozen and served in a pineapple.

Hemingway Daiquiri Recipe
Hemingway Daiquiri Recipe

Hemingway Daiquiri Recipe

  • Author: Shawn
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1 1x



  • 1 1/2 ounces light rum
  • 1 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur (Luxardo)
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a Boston shaker or cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.