Hemingway or Fitzgerald? We are a split house when it comes to their respective writing but we both agreed that this is a tasty drink. Hemingway is known for heading from his home in Key West, Florida to Havana, Cuba on a regular basis and while there enjoying a daiquiri (or two or three) at El Floridita. This daiquiri is so named for him by that bar as it was said to be one of his most favorite variations of the classic daiquiri (rum, lime, sugar and ice).

I’ve read a few places recently that a well-stocked bar should have a bottle of maraschino liqueur so this recipe provided the perfect excuse to procure some. I used Luxardo Maraschino which is readily available. Despite what you might think the liqueur is a clear color and bears no resemblance to the color (or flavor) of a maraschino cherry.

This is the time of year when citrus really shines – it’s great gift from the warmer climates. So gather some fresh grapefruits (any color will work) and limes for this drink and ponder about what life must have been like back in Hemingway’s day when you could just hop on a boat to Cuba.

Hemingway Daiquiri



Hemingway Daiquiri
Recipe type: Drink
Serves: Makes 2 drinks
  • 1-1/2 ounces fresh lime juice (~ 2 limes)
  • 1 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
  • 4 ounces light rum (silver or white)
  • 1 ounce maraschino liqueur
  • Lime wheel (for garnish)
  1. Freshly squeeze both the lime and grapefruit juices.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, stir lime juice and grapefruit juice.
  3. Fill shaker half way with ice.
  4. Add rum and maraschino liqueur and shake.
  5. Strain into a chilled martini or coupe glass.
  6. Serve each with a wheel lime slice


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2015-01-23T07:45:41+00:00 January 23rd, 2015|Categories: Drinks|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |2 Comments


  1. David January 24, 2015 at 11:28 am - Reply

    This sounds really good and, with all the citrus in our garden, and the Luxardo in the hooch cabinet, we are good to go! Mark and I love daiquiris – you should ask Brad sometime if he ever had one of our Aunt Rae’s daiquiris. They were pretty awful but they became a favorite of ours nonetheless. They were made with one of those packaged mixes.

    • Nicole January 24, 2015 at 11:07 pm - Reply

      David – I should have known that you had both a well stocked liquor cabinet AND citrus garden (makes me long for my childhood in Los Angeles). Enjoy this drink and thanks for sharing the story of your Aunt Rae. I will definitely ask Brad about her.

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