See how you make the dry Hemingway Daiquiri.
The Hemingway Daiquiri was first served at the Cuban bar, La Floridita, as a twist on a classic that had a little more funk and went without the addition of sugar.
Hemingway was famous for drinking all around the world in the early 1900’s , and would order this creation by twos, leading to it being called the “Papa Doble”.
It is said to have been made as a cocktail that Hemingway could drink with less sugar because of his diabetes, but no matter the reason it was created, it is awesome.
The addition of grapefruit creates a little extra interest in the tartness, while the Maraschino gives some grassy funk in the background (it only takes a bit to really impact a drink).
As if that wasn’t enough of a twist, it is really fun to make it with a rhum agricole.
Rhum agricole for the Hemingway
The broad category of Rum is defined as spirits distilled from sugar can products, but within that range there are all kinds of different subcategories and flavors that are created.
One of those subcategories is RHUM AGRICOLE which is fermented and distilled from fresh cane juice which gives it a very unique “funkiness”.
It is a bit tricky to describe the flavor because the funk is not bad or stinky, but rather a green grassy type flavor.
A favorite version of mine is made by Rhum JM but there are other solid options out there too.
To me, it almost tastes a little bit tomato-like but I have had a few people look at me like I’m and idiot when I tell them that, so it might not be the best descriptor. But whatever you describe the flavor as, it works really well with the Maraschino to create my favorite version of the Hemingway Daiquiri.
If you feel the need to dial back on the funkiness, use some white rum in addition to the agricole to make it a little more mellow.
This is also quite a dry cocktail so if you like it a little more balanced between sweet and tart go ahead and splash in some simple syrup or any other sweetener you think would go well.
All versions of the Daiquiri really benefits from a vigorous shaking with a big ice cube or two in the mix to really aerate the drink and create a little layer of bubbles on top. It results in a slightly lighter cocktail and the little bit of extra air can help make the flavors pop more. So shake hard and enjoy.
Hemingway Daiquiri Recipe
- 2 oz Rum Agricole
- 1/2 oz Lime Juice
- 1/2 oz Grapefruit Juice
- 1/4 oz Maraschino
- 5 drops 20% Saline - (optional)
- Add all the ingredients to your shaker
- Add ice and shake vigorously for 12-15 seconds
- Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Go ahead and double strain if you don't like and ice chips in your drink.