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Recipe: Hemingway Daiquiri

October 19, 2011 by  
Filed under Featured, Recipes

Once upon a time the Daiquiri was not the gloppy sweet, faux fruit beverage dispensed from a slushee-machine at your French Quarter/Las Vegas/insert-other-home-of-debauchery-here tourist trap. It was once a fine sweet but tart drink, savored in pre-revolution Cuba, Florida, and elsewhere.

Our favorite version is the one to which Ernest Hemingway’s name became attached, because of his preference for a less sweet variant than the norm. This one is slightly less sweet and more bitter and complex. I think the addition of grapefruit juice and other tweaks to the classic daiquiri makes for a more refreshing cocktail, especially with brunch, as we tend to have them. While there are several recipes floating around, this is the one we prefer:

Hemingway Daiquiri
2 oz. Light Rum (we use Don-Q Cristal)
¾ oz. Lime Juice (fresh-squeezed!)
½ oz. Grapefruit Juice (fresh squeezed from Oro Blanco, if possible)
¼ oz. Maraschino Liqueur (we use Luxardo)

Shake sharply with ice.
Strain into cocktail glass.

Some prefer the drink served over shaved ice, but we think it is quite refreshing without.

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