The Hemmingway Daquiri

July 1, 2013

Charles Tappan and Luca Giovaninni, our top-notch mixologists have been at it again – Bringing our readers first-rate recipes for both modern and traditional cocktails. This month, we share their mix for a Hemmingway Daquiri. Be sure to read the July/August issue of John Eric Home (posting soon) to check out the others they have creatively concocted for our readers.

Hemmingway Daiquiri

Glassware: Chilled Cocktail Glass


2 oz Pritchard’s White Rum
¾ oz Grapefruit Juice
½ oz Lime Juice
½ oz Luxardo Maraschino Liquor

Garnish: Lime Wheel

Directions: Combine ingredients into a shaker. Shake vigorously to a slow 10-12 count making sure the shaker is properly frosted. Double Strain (using a Hawthorne and fine mesh strainer) into a chilled cocktail glass, serve and enjoy!

Simple is not only good, it is great, and classics don’t become classics without a reason. July 19th is National Daiquiri Day. Celebrate with one of the simplest classics of all time – the Hemingway Daiquiri. Named for the great writer, the drink takes it origins from the El Floridita Bar in Cuba, which he enjoyed visiting for a good adult libation. The secret of the drink is good, strong, white rum. Pritchard’s rum from Tennessee is flavorful and smooth, without burning the throat in consumption. Many add extra sugar or simple syrup, but don’t – Hemingway would disapprove as he strongly disliked sugar. To bring sweetness and depth to the drink, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur is the classic choice to replace sugar. The hints of Marasca cherries dance on the tip of the tongue, transitioning into the double tart flavors of lime and grapefruit juice. The tartness of the citrus expands and envelops the palette while the white rum awakens. The fiery conclusion expected from such strong rum is instead balanced, taking flavors from supporting characters and creating an enjoyable finish. Like a great novel from a great writer. A well executed Hemingway Daiquiri will always be one the greatest classics, and like a work from Hemingway, it leaves the drinker satisfied yet always wanting the another.

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