How to make a Hemingway Daiquiri

Excerpt from an article written by Colleen Graham.After spending some time in Cuba, Hemingway quickly became enamored with the daiquiri. In 1921 Constantino Ribailagua, of El Floridita in Havana, created this variation in honor of his daiquiri-loving regular.


  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 1/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup
  • Garnish: lime wedge

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

  3. Shake well.

  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  5. Garnish with a lime wedge.

  6. Serve and enjoy!


  • To create a better-tasting daiquiri, be sure to choose a top-shelf rum.
  • If you want to keep the taste authentic, Cuban rums like Havana Club, Ron Mulata, and Santiago de Cuba would be natural choices. Any Caribbean rum would be a good option, though. Keep in mind that in Spanish-speaking countries, white rum is often called blanco, just like tequila.
  • As with any daiquiri, the Hemingway is best with fresh-squeezed lime and grapefruit juices. You can typically expect to get 1/2 to 1 ounce of juice out of the average lime, which is enough for one or two drinks. A grapefruit often yields 5 ounces or more, so a single fruit should be plenty for a few rounds with friends.

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