Hemingway Daiquiri Cocktail Drink

Hemingway Daiquiri

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Looking for an iconic drink? With its simple ingredients, the Hemingway Daiquiri recipe is a cocktail you can easily make and savor.

Hemingway Daiquiri Recipe

Check out our Hemingway Daiquiri recipe! Blending rum, fresh citrus, and a hint of maraschino, it's the ultimate refresher for those warm days.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

161 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz White Rum
  • ¾ oz fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • ¼ oz Maraschino Liqueur
  • Ice cubes
  • Maraschino cherry or lime wheel, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Cocktail Glass chilled

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Place your cocktail glass in the freezer or fill it with ice for a few minutes.
  • Mix Ingredients: In the cocktail shaker, pour in ¼ oz Maraschino Liqueur, ½ oz fresh grapefruit juice, ¾ oz fresh lime juice, and 2 oz White Rum.
  • Shake: Add some ice cubes and seal the shaker. Shake vigorously until the outside feels cold.
  • Serve: Strain the mixture into your chilled cocktail glass, garnish and serve.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • White Rum: Sometimes, I opt for a golden rum to add a hint of caramel flavor. For a smoky twist, mezcal can be an adventurous alternative.
  • Maraschino Liqueur: A dash of almond syrup or amaretto can work in the absence of maraschino. However, it changes the profile, making it a tad sweeter.

Making a Pitcher:

  • Scale: To prepare a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all ingredients by 8. For instance, 16 oz of white rum, 6 oz of lime juice, 4 oz of grapefruit juice, and 2 oz of maraschino liqueur.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher with ice, combine all the ingredients. Stir thoroughly.
  • Serve: Pour the concoction into individual chilled cocktail glasses and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • White Rum Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic rum substitute or even coconut water for a tropical touch.
  • Maraschino Liqueur Substitute: Replace with a cherry or almond syrup.
  • Proceed As Usual: Incorporate these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the original ingredients, adhere to the principal steps, and savor a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

This Hemingway Daiquiri recipe is inherently vegan, containing no animal-derived ingredients. However, always check product labels for any additives or processing agents that might be of concern.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
161
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.02
g
0
%
Sodium
 
1
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
6
g
2
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Potassium
 
49
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.2
g
0
%
Vitamin A
 
12
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
10
mg
12
%
Calcium
 
4
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

Hemingway Daiquiri Cocktail Drink

Hemingway Daiquiri Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Check out our Hemingway Daiquiri recipe! Blending rum, fresh citrus, and a hint of maraschino, it's the ultimate refresher for those warm days.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 161

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz White Rum
  • ¾ oz fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • ¼ oz Maraschino Liqueur
  • Ice cubes
  • Maraschino cherry or lime wheel - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Cocktail Glass chilled

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Place your cocktail glass in the freezer or fill it with ice for a few minutes.
  • Mix Ingredients: In the cocktail shaker, pour in ¼ oz Maraschino Liqueur, ½ oz fresh grapefruit juice, ¾ oz fresh lime juice, and 2 oz White Rum.
  • Shake: Add some ice cubes and seal the shaker. Shake vigorously until the outside feels cold.
  • Serve: Strain the mixture into your chilled cocktail glass, garnish and serve.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • White Rum: Sometimes, I opt for a golden rum to add a hint of caramel flavor. For a smoky twist, mezcal can be an adventurous alternative.
  • Maraschino Liqueur: A dash of almond syrup or amaretto can work in the absence of maraschino. However, it changes the profile, making it a tad sweeter.

Making a Pitcher:

  • Scale: To prepare a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all ingredients by 8. For instance, 16 oz of white rum, 6 oz of lime juice, 4 oz of grapefruit juice, and 2 oz of maraschino liqueur.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher with ice, combine all the ingredients. Stir thoroughly.
  • Serve: Pour the concoction into individual chilled cocktail glasses and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • White Rum Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic rum substitute or even coconut water for a tropical touch.
  • Maraschino Liqueur Substitute: Replace with a cherry or almond syrup.
  • Proceed As Usual: Incorporate these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the original ingredients, adhere to the principal steps, and savor a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

This Hemingway Daiquiri recipe is inherently vegan, containing no animal-derived ingredients. However, always check product labels for any additives or processing agents that might be of concern.

 

What is a Hemingway Daiquiri?

Hemingway Daiquiri is a variation of the classic Daiquiri, named after the famed author Ernest Hemingway. Known for its blend of white rum, grapefruit, lime, and maraschino liqueur, this drink stands out with its unique flavor profile. While its connection to Hemingway adds a touch of literary history, the cocktail itself is a testament to simplicity meeting taste. The Hemingway Daiquiri offers a refreshing experience that many cocktail enthusiasts appreciate. Even without diving deep into its preparation, this cocktail’s reputation precedes it as a favorite among many.

A side shot of a Hemingway Daiquiri cocktail in a cocktail glass on a red cloth placed on a white table with a plate full with maraschino cherries, two limes, and half grapefruit around, in front of a yellow and blue wall.

What is a Hemingway Daiquiri made of – The ingredients

Collect these items to blend a Hemingway Daiquiri:

  • White Rum: The primary spirit that provides a smooth, slightly sweet foundation.
  • Lime Juice: Adds a tangy zest, balancing out the sweetness.
  • Grapefruit Juice: Infuses the drink with a mild citrus bitterness, complementing the lime.
  • Maraschino Liqueur: Delivers a subtle cherry flavor and a touch of sweetness to the mix.

White Rum, Maraschino Liqueur, half lime, half grapefruit, and a plate full with Maraschino cherries laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make a Hemingway Daiquiri?

This simple guide will show you each step to create Hemingway Daiquiri:

1
<p>Start by chilling a cocktail glass, placing it in the freezer for a few hours, or stirring some ice cubes in it.</p>

Start by chilling a cocktail glass, placing it in the freezer for a few hours, or stirring some ice cubes in it.

2
<p>Grab a cocktail shaker and pour the Maraschino Liqueur into the shaker.</p>

Grab a cocktail shaker and pour the Maraschino Liqueur into the shaker.

3
<p>Pour the grapefruit juice into the shaker.</p>

Pour the grapefruit juice into the shaker.

4
<p>Add to the shaker the lime juice.</p>

Add to the shaker the lime juice.

5
<p>Incorporate the White Rum into the mixture.</p>

Incorporate the White Rum into the mixture.

6
<p>Ice up the shaker.</p>

Ice up the shaker.

7
<p>Seal the shaker tightly and vigorously shake it, ensuring the ingredients mix well and the mixture cools.</p>

Seal the shaker tightly and vigorously shake it, ensuring the ingredients mix well and the mixture cools.

8
<p>Remove the ice cubes from your previously chilled cocktail glass if you used that method.</p>

Remove the ice cubes from your previously chilled cocktail glass if you used that method.

9
<p>Strain the mixture from the shaker into the glass, ensuring no ice particles enter the final drink.</p>

Strain the mixture from the shaker into the glass, ensuring no ice particles enter the final drink.

10
<p>Place a Maraschino cherry or a lime wheel to garnish your cocktail.</p>

Place a Maraschino cherry or a lime wheel to garnish your cocktail.

11
<p>Enjoy your Hemingway Daiquiri!</p>

Enjoy your Hemingway Daiquiri!

Hemingway Daiquiri vs. Daiquiri

The Hemingway Daiquiri and the classic Daiquiri are iconic rum-based cocktails, but several differences set them apart. First, while the classic Daiquiri consists of white rum, lime juice, and simple syrup, the Hemingway Daiquiri incorporates grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur into the mix. This addition gives the Hemingway Daiquiri a deeper flavor profile, blending the tartness of grapefruit with the sweet and slightly nutty notes of maraschino. Moreover, Ernest Hemingway’s preference for less sugary drinks led to omitting the sugar typically present in a classic Daiquiri. This characteristic makes the Hemingway Daiquiri less sweet and more robust in flavor. Finally, the Hemingway Daiquiri carries a rich backstory, a favorite of the renowned writer during his time in Havana, adding a layer of history and intrigue to the drink. On the other hand, the classic Daiquiri is celebrated for its simplicity and balance of just three key ingredients.

Can I use Absinth in a Hemingway Daiquiri?

Adding absinthe to a Hemingway Daiquiri can introduce a fascinating layer of complexity. Known for its distinct anise flavor and historical allure, a hint of absinthe can playfully contrast the tartness of the grapefruit and lime while complementing the sweetness of maraschino liqueur. A small dash or rinse of absinthe can elevate the cocktail to an unexpected level if you dare to experiment. Consider well-regarded brands like Pernod or Kübler. For a start, I’d suggest trying Pernod for its slightly brighter profile, ensuring the aniseed notes don’t overshadow Daiquiri’s core flavors. Remember, moderation is key; too much absinthe can overpower the drink. So, give it a shot and let this classic spirit put a new spin on an old favorite.

A Hemingway Daiquiri cocktail, shot form above, in a cocktail glass on a red cloth placed on a white table with a jigger, a lime, and half grapefruit around.

Hemingway Daiquiri with Gin instead of Rum

Switching rum for gin in your Hemingway Daiquiri can be a game-changer. Gin’s botanicals add an intriguing twist, pairing effortlessly with the citrus elements of the drink. While traditionalists might raise an eyebrow, adventurous souls will appreciate the juniper-led undertones harmonizing with grapefruit and lime. Among the myriad gin options, brands like Tanqueray, Bombay Sapphire, and Beefeater stand out for their consistent quality. If you’re looking for a recommendation, Tanqueray’s crispness can be particularly invigorating in this context, ensuring the drink remains refreshing without losing its character. Dive in, give gin a chance, and you might discover a fresh favorite take on the Hemingway Daiquiri.

Hemingway Daiquiri Variations

Interested in more creative takes? We’ve handpicked a few favorites:

  • Nuclear Daiquiri: This unique concoction stands out by including green Chartreuse, adding a potent, herbal kick to the traditional rum base. The Chartreuse’s herbal notes provide an intriguing complexity that excites the palate. Personally, I find the boldness of this choice exhilarating; it’s a thrilling fusion of flavors that energizes the senses.
  • Dry Daiquiri: Originating from London, this twist introduces Campari and passion fruit, bringing in a blend of bitterness and tropical flair. The addition of Campari gives it a pleasantly bitter edge, while the passion fruit injects a burst of exotic sweetness. I’m drawn to the creative combination of bitter and sweet; it strikes a perfect balance that’s both refreshing and sophisticated.
  • Greta Garbo: This variant adds a few dashes of absinthe, lending a complex layer to the well-loved base. The absinthe imparts a subtly aniseed flavor, enhancing the drink’s depth and character.
  • Daiquiri Clasico: Staying true to Cuban tradition, this classic uses white sugar instead of simple syrup. The use of sugar directly contributes to a crisper, more direct sweetness, highlighting the rum’s character in a straightforward manner.
  • Paddington: Inspired by the beloved Paddington Bear, this adaptation incorporates orange marmalade, blending citrus sweetness into the mix. The marmalade adds a comforting, homely quality, reminiscent of a delightful, citrus-infused treat.

A side shot of a Hemingway Daiquiri cocktail in a cocktail glass on a red cloth placed on a white table with a plate full with maraschino cherries, four limes, and half grapefruit around, in front of a blue wall.

History and Origin of the Hemingway Daiquiri

The Hemingway Daiquiri traces its origins to the 1930s in Havana, Cuba. The famous American writer Ernest Hemingway, known for his penchant for libations, frequented a bar called El Floridita. Here, he encountered the establishment’s signature drink, the classic Daiquiri. Wanting to customize it to his taste, Hemingway requested the bartender, Constantino Ribalaigua Vert, to double the rum and remove the sugar. Hemingway preferred his drinks to be less sweet and more robust.

Impressed by the modified drink, Hemingway made it his regular order, leading the bartender to name it the “Papa Doble” in honor of Hemingway’s nickname, “Papa.” Over time, the drink underwent a few more modifications, such as adding grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur, transforming it into the cocktail we recognize today as the Hemingway Daiquiri.

Its popularity grew, and the drink spread from Cuba to bars worldwide, forever linking the cocktail to the legacy of one of the most celebrated writers of the 20th century.

A Hemingway Daiquiri cocktail, shot from above, in a cocktail glass on a white marmol table surrounded by a Maraschino Liqueur bottle, a White Rum bottle, half grapefruit, two limes, and a plate full with Maraschino cherries.

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FAQ

How many calories are typically in a Hemingway Daiquiri?
It contains approximately 150-200 calories, depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is a Hemingway Daiquiri in terms of ABV and proof?
The strength varies based on the rum used, but it typically ranges from 20-25% ABV (40-50 proof).
What type of alcohol is used in the Hemingway Daiquiri?
White rum serves as the primary alcoholic ingredient in the Hemingway Daiquiri.
In which glass should you serve a Hemingway Daiquiri?
The drink is traditionally served in a chilled cocktail glass.
What is the taste profile of a Hemingway Daiquiri?
It offers a harmonious blend of tartness from the lime and grapefruit juices, slight sweetness from the maraschino liqueur, and the underlying smoothness of white rum.
What is the recommended ratio of ingredients for the Hemingway Daiquiri?
It follows a ratio of 2 oz of rum, ¾ oz of lime juice, ½ oz of grapefruit juice, and ¼ oz of Maraschino liqueur. 
How is the Hemingway Daiquiri typically served with ice?
The drink is typically shaken with ice and then strained into a glass, serving it "up" without ice.

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