Boozy Rum Hemingway Daiquiri with LIme and Grapefruit
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Hemingway Daiquiri Cocktail

Ernest Hemingway may be best known for his love of mojitos. But that’s not the only rum-based drink associated with the famous author, who spent a good portion of his life sipping cocktails in Cuba. The Hemingway Daiquiri is another highlight worth mentioning.

While it’s uncertain whether Hemingway ever actually drank his namesake daiquiri, one thing is for sure: This tasty drink is well worth a try. Learn how to make it below.

About and History

There are many legends surrounding Hemingway’s days in Cuba in general, so it should come as no surprise that there are quite a few stories associated with the Hemingway Daiquiri. 

According to local lore, Hemingway’s preferred drink was the Papa Doble—which would later inspire the Hemingway Daiquiri.

Hemingway was at El Floridita, one of his favorite watering holes in Havana, when he saw the bartender mix a batch of frozen daiquiris. Trying one, he reportedly told the bartender he’d prefer the drink minus the sugar and double the rum.

The drink’s name, Papa Doble, comes from the fact that Hemingway’s nickname in Havana was “Papa” (and “doble” means double).

The Papa Doble is tough to stomach, consisting of four ounces of rum and just a splash of lime. To create a cocktail that would be more friendly to the general public, the bartenders at El Floridita got creative and concocted the Hemingway Daiquiri.

The drink stays true to Hemingway’s “no sugar” directive, relying on Maraschino liqueur for sweetness instead of cane syrup. This clear liqueur originates from Croatia and is made from the Marasca cherry, resulting in a slightly tangy sweetness.

The grapefruit juice adds balance to the drink and a hint of bittersweetness to counteract the tangy lime. Taken together, this adds up a zesty and refreshing drink.

While Hemingway may never have had a Hemingway Daiquiri himself (there is even an article published about why he’d hate the beverage), we say it’s well worth a try.


The Hemingway Daiquiri is surprisingly easy to make. Some people see the word “daiquiri” and assume they’ll need a blender—but that’s not the case! Here’s what you’ll need to whip up this concoction:

  • 3/4 oz lime juice, fresh if possible
  • 1/2 oz grapefruit juice, fresh if possible
  • 2 oz white rum
  • 1/2 oz maraschino liqueur
  • Lime slice for garnish
  • Ice

You’ll also need a cocktail shaker and a coupe-style glass.

Directions to Make

Gather your ingredients. If it’s a warm day, consider chilling your coupe glass beforehand. This will ensure your icy cold beverage stays that way after it’s poured.

Follow these steps to make your Hemingway Daiquiri:

  1. Place your ice into the cocktail shaker.
  2. Add the lime juice, rum, maraschino liqueur, and grapefruit juice.
  3. Shake well until chilled.
  4. Strain into a coupe glass that has been chilled.
  5. Decorate with a slice of lime, if desired.

Now, take a sip and imagine you’re toasting Hemingway in Cuba. The Hemingway Daiquiri isn’t something you see on every bar menu. If you’re looking for an alternative to the classic daiquiri and want to impress guests with an innovative cocktail, this yummy beverage is worth a shot.

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