Hemingway Daiquiri

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When most people think of the daiquiri, they think of a rum and sugar-soaked frozen poolside concoction often made with strawberries (strawberry daiquiri). While they wouldn’t be entirely wrong, the classic daiquiri is made with white rum, fresh lime juice, and sugar—served straight-up in a chilled coupe glass.

A classic Hemingway Daiquiri cocktail garnished with a lime wheel in a dark moody lit room.

The Hemingway Daquiri builds on the classic cocktail with the addition of maraschino liqueur and fresh grapefruit juice. The maraschino and grapefruit add another dimension by contributing a unique combo of nicely balanced flavors and sweetness while upping the nice tartness of the lime. It’s one of my all time favorite summer cocktails!

Brief History

The Hemingway Daiquiri, also known as the “Papa Doble”, is named after the renowned author Ernest Hemingway. Legend has it that Hemingway frequented the El Floridita bar in Havana, Cuba in the 1930s, where he developed a taste for daiquiris.

Hemingway reportedly requested a daiquiri with “no sugar, and double the rum”, making it a much more potent variation of the classic daiquiri. Maraschino liqueur and fresh grapefruit were later added to make the drink more palatable for the general public.

If you’re looking for more popular cocktails featuring maraschino liqueur, try the Tuxedo No. 2 cocktail, Brooklyn cocktail, and Aviation cocktail.

Ingredients

Hemingway Daiquiri cocktail ingredients laid out on a wooden cutting board.
  • White rum: I usually use Bacardi Silver since it’s easily accessible and affordable. It works just fine in this cocktail.
  • Fresh grapefruit juice: one large grapefruit should produce enough juice to make about four cocktails. Use a citrus juicer to juice the grapefruit easily. Do not substitute with sweetened grapefruit juice. If you have any leftover grapefruit juice you should try making the Bohemian cocktail or the Brown Derby cocktail.
  • Fresh lime juice: always opt for fresh citrus. I use a citrus squeezer.
  • Maraschino liqueur: a unique cherry-flavored spirit made from sour Marasca cherries. It’s clear, slightly sweet, and found in many classic and Prohibition-Era cocktails. Luxardo brand is the most popular.
  • Simple syrup: the use of simple syrup is often debated in this cocktail. Some variations use maraschino liqueur as the only sweetener. I like to add a bar spoon (scant 1/4 ounce) of simple syrup. You can also omit the sugar and increase the maraschino part up to 3/4 ounces. This practice is also used in the Improved Whiskey Cocktail.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities below.

How to Make a Hemingway Daiquiri

Step 1.

Juice your grapefruit (image 1a). Combine rum, maraschino liqueur, simple syrup, and grapefruit juice, in a Boston shaker with a large cup of ice (image 1b).

A hand using a citrus juicer to make fresh grapefruit juice.
A double jigger pouring fresh grapefruit juice into a cocktail shaker.

Step 2.

Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and double strain into a chilled coupe glass.

Double straining a Hemingway Daiquiri into a chilled coupe glass.

Step 3.

Garnish with a lime wheel.

A Hemingway Daquiri in a chilled coupe glass garnished with a lime wheel on a wooden cutting board.

Expert Tips

  • Chill your glasses ahead of time in the freezer to keep your drinks cooler for longer. This is one of my favorite tricks in the summer.
  • This cocktail is best served in a small coupe glass. It makes for a fantastic presentation given the drink’s history and age.
  • Always double-strain shaken cocktails through a fine mesh strainer. This removes tiny ice chips that will dilute the cocktail as it warms.
  • Omit the sugar and increase the maraschino liqueur to 3/4 ounces. This creates a slightly more tart cocktail that’s uniquely refreshing.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a Hemingway Daiquiri and a regular Daiquiri?

The Hemingway Daquiri builds on the classic cocktail with the addition of maraschino liqueur and fresh grapefruit juice. The maraschino and grapefruit add another dimension by contributing a unique combo of nicely balanced flavors and sweetness while cutting the tartness of the lime.

Can I use aged Rum in the Hemingway Daiquiri?

While the classic version calls for white rum you can experiment with aged rums for adding complex nuances like caramel and vanilla. I prefer the light and bright qualities of the original cocktail.

More Rum Cocktails to Try

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Hemingway Daiquiri Recipe

Servings: 1 cocktail
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Ernest Hemingway’s favorite cocktail—a slight variation on the classic daiquiri made with grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur.

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 ounces white rum, Bacardi Silver
  • 1 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur, Luxardo
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup, or omit and use 3/4 ounce maraschino liqueur instead of 1/2

Classic Daiquiri

  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 3/4 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
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Instructions 

  • Juice your grapefruit. Combine rum, maraschino liqueur, simple syrup, and grapefruit juice, in a Boston shaker with a large cup of ice.
  • Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and double strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  • Garnish with a lime wheel.

Notes

Chill your glasses ahead of time in the freezer to keep your drinks cooler for longer. This is one of my favorite tricks in the summer.
This cocktail is best served in a small coupe glass. It makes for a fantastic presentation given the drink’s history and age.
Always double-strain shaken cocktails through a fine mesh strainer. This removes tiny ice chips that will dilute the cocktail as it warms.
Simple syrup is often debated in this cocktail. Some variations use maraschino liqueur as the sole sweetener. I like to add a bar spoon (scant 1/4 ounce) of simple syrup so the maraschino is not overpowering. You can also omit sugar and increase the maraschino part up to 3/4 ounces.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 194kcalCarbohydrates: 16.3gProtein: 0.7gFat: 2.9gSaturated Fat: 1.8gSodium: 14mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8.6g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: Cuban
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  1. I just made this drink and it was very refreshing. When I make it again I’ll use a scant 1/2 ounce of lime juice because it was a little more sour than I like.