The Hemingway Daiquiri has everything that makes a great cocktail: a unique flavour, a boozy aftertaste and an interesting backstory.
Although the drink you might get today when you ask for a “Hemingway” in most upmarket cocktail bars doesn’t represent what the creator, Ernest Hemingway, would have supped in 1950’s Havana, that’s probably for the best. Hemingway didn’t like sugar in his daiquiris and was mainly looking for alcohol content when it came to his drinks.
However the Hemingway Daiquiri has become something else and one of the most refreshing and drinkable cocktails to boot. Now bartenders put sugar, maraschino cherry liqueur but breaking it down to its basics a Hemingway needs lime juice, grapefruit juice and white rum, Havana Club 3 if you want to be truly authentic.
Here are the correct measurements and mixing technique for a standard Hemingway but feel free to improvise a little with this one. It just needs to have the right balance of sweet and sour according to your taste buds.
50 ml white rum
10 ml Luxardo maraschino liqueur
12.5 ml grapefruit juice
12.5 lime juice
12.5 gomme (sugar syrup)
Shake with plenty of ice cubes in a cocktail shaker and strain into a coup cocktail glass
Take a sip, light a Cuban cigar and get in touch with your inner Hemingway.