Hemingway Daiquiri Cocktail Recipe

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Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Hemingway Daiquiri, also known as the Papa Doble, is a variation of the classic Daiquiri cocktail. It was created in the 1930s at the famous El Floridita bar in Havana, Cuba, for the American author Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway was known for his love of cocktails, and this particular drink was crafted to suit his taste for strong, sour flavors. The Hemingway Daiquiri has since become a popular choice among cocktail enthusiasts who appreciate its unique flavor profile and storied history.

How Hemingway Daiquiri Tastes?

The Hemingway Daiquiri is a complex and refreshing cocktail, featuring a harmonious balance of sweet, sour, and bitter flavors. The combination of white rum, lime juice, and grapefruit juice creates a tart and tangy base, while the maraschino liqueur adds a subtle sweetness and a hint of cherry. The result is a crisp, citrus-forward drink with a lingering, bittersweet finish.

Interesting facts about Hemingway Daiquiri

  • Ernest Hemingway was known to enjoy multiple Hemingway Daiquiris in a single sitting, sometimes consuming up to a dozen in one night.
  • The original recipe for the Hemingway Daiquiri did not include any sugar, as Hemingway preferred his drinks to be less sweet.
  • The Hemingway Daiquiri is sometimes served with a splash of soda water, adding a touch of effervescence and further lightening the drink.


  • White rum: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Lime juice: 0.75 oz(23ml)
  • Grapefruit juice: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Maraschino liqueur: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Optional: Simple syrup:0.25 oz

White Rum

White rum is the backbone, providing a smooth, clean canvas for the other flavors. Use 2 oz, and you've got balance; use more, and it's a pirate party; use less, and it's more like a wimpy wave rather than a boozy tsunami.

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Lime Juice

At 0.75 oz, lime juice brings a zesty punch that awakens the palate. It's a crucial player — skip it, and you're missing half the party. Too much, and your taste buds might go on strike.

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Grapefruit Juice

With 0.5 oz, the grapefruit juice adds a subtle bitterness and complex citrus profile. It's like the cool aunt who pops by and brightens everything up. Leave it out, and you lose a layer of sophisticated flair.

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Maraschino Liqueur

The elusive 0.5 oz of maraschino liqueur brings an underlying sweetness and a hint of cherry-almond mystique. It's a secretive ingredient — a little goes a long way, but without it, you'll find your cocktail tastes like it's hiding something.

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Optional: Simple Syrup

Finally, the 0.25 oz of simple syrup is for those who like to smooth out the edges. It's optional because, let's face it, some like it tart. Add in too much, and it's sugar rush city; skip it entirely for an authentic, pucker-up experience.

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Recipe. How to make Hemingway Daiquiri Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the white rum, lime juice, grapefruit juice, maraschino liqueur, and optional simple syrup to the shaker.
  3. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds, until well-chilled and combined.
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled coupe glass.
  5. Optionally, garnish with a lime wheel or a cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail vigorously to ensure all ingredients are well combined.
  • Use freshly squeezed lime and grapefruit juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill the glass before serving to keep the cocktail cold for longer.

Perfect Pairings


Light flavors in the Hemingway Daiquiri pair magnificently with grilled shrimp or ceviche. The acidity and sweetness can cut through the richness of seafood while complementing its natural sweetness.

Salty Snacks

Having a bowl of salted nuts or olives can accentuate the cocktail's citrus notes. It's like having a little symphony in your mouth where salt meets the tang and sweet.


For a more substantial pairing, consider chicken tacos with a zesty lime marinade. The drink's citrus flavors will dance wonderfully alongside the marinated chicken.


A cheese platter with goat cheese or feta would be divine, as the acidity and fruity notes of the drink can cut through the creaminess of these cheeses.

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What you could change in Hemingway Daiquiri

  • White rum can be substituted with dark rum for a deeper flavor.
  • If maraschino liqueur is not available, cherry brandy can be used as a substitute.
  • Simple syrup can be replaced with agave syrup or honey for a different kind of sweetness.

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Passion Fruit Hemingway

Swap the grapefruit juice for passion fruit juice for a tropical zing. Stick with the 0.5 oz — it’s punchier and sweeter than grapefruit, so it’ll create a luscious whirlpool of flavor without drowning the drink.

Basil Hemingway

Muddle a few fresh basil leaves in your shaker before adding the ingredients. This herbal addition will make you feel like you’re sipping your cocktail in a Mediterranean garden. Just don’t overdo it, or you’ll end up with pesto in your glass.

Bubbly Hemingway

Top the cocktail with a splash of sparkling wine after pouring it into the glass. This adds effervescence and a touch of sophistication as if Gatsby is throwing the party. Keep the rum and lime as your anchors, and let the bubbles do the talking.

In case you forgot basics how to make Hemingway Daiquiri

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Hemingway Daiquiri

Can I use a different kind of rum for the Hemingway Daiquiri?

Yes, while the traditional recipe calls for white rum, feel free to experiment with different types of rum, such as spiced or flavored rum.

Is there any non-alcoholic version of the Hemingway Daiquiri?

Definitely, you may create a virgin version by omitting the white rum and maraschino liqueur, and increasing the amount of fruit juices.

What can I do if I do not have a cocktail shaker?

If you don't have a cocktail shaker, you can use a mason jar with a lid or two glass cups that you can fit into each other and shake.

What is maraschino liqueur made of?

Maraschino liqueur is made from distillation of the Marasca cherries, including the crushed pits which give it a subtle bitter almond flavor.

How can I improve my cocktail making skills?

Practicing frequently, learning from the pros via online tutorials or courses, understanding your ingredients and experimenting with flavors can significantly improve your cocktail making skills.

What makes a good cocktail?

A good cocktail usually has a balance of flavors - sweet, sour, bitter, and strong (alcohol). It also takes into consideration the presentation and aroma.

Why is it called Hemingway Daiquiri?

It's named after the famous American author Ernest Hemingway as it was reportedly one of his favorite drinks.

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