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Hemingway Daiquiri aka Papa Doble

Hemingway Daiquiri aka Papa Doble

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I have fond memories of Daiquiris.  I remember my mother and stepfather, having summer patio parties and drinking frozen daiquiris.  Mind you these daiquiris were not the elegant shaken ones but rather from a cardboard container from the frozen aisle, shhh, no brands named here.  I even loved them in my early twenties but that is also when I thought white zin was a good wine.  We made them often while I was living in Phoenix, the same frozen ones, from the cardboard container, but from a different frozen aisle.  How we have grown up and know better.  A few weeks ago while in Palm Springs, I had the ultimate Classic Daiquiri and all else is history as this Hemingway Daiquiri aka Papa Doble was smooth, almost too smooth and oh so flavorful!



I squealed with delight last week when I heard the 19th was National Daiquiri Day, not that I needed an excuse to whip up a batch;  but, I did!  After some investigation, I found the Hemingway Daiquiri, which is made with fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit and lime juice.  Now, Hemingway did not like sugar in his drinks so the bartender, Constantion Ribailagua, would substitute it with maraschino liqueur.  I am not a big fan of maraschino liqueur, so I whipped up a batch of simple syrup and used this with an abundant amount of freshly squeezed juice.  This drink is smooth, citrus and very refreshing.  This my friend, is my new favorite cocktail!


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Hemingway Daiquiri

Hemingway Daiquiri

Hemingway Daiquiri is also known as the Papa Doble, and easy to make using fresh lime and grapefruit juice, simple syrup and rum. Almost as good as being in Cuba

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 1/2 ounces white rum
  • 1-ounce fresh ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 1-ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1-ounce simple syrup
  • ice


    Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice.

    Shake and strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with a swirl of grapefruit rind.



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Thursday 23rd of July 2009

Is the maraschino liqueur of which you are not a fan the Stock brand or Luxardo? We don't care for the Stock Maraschino, but we LOVE the Luxardo - although it is powerful stuff and can overpower a drink if you don't measure carefully.

We've tried more than 8 recipes for the El Floridita #3, our favorite is on our website (above)


Wednesday 22nd of July 2009

Nice post. Coincidentally I wrote about the Hemingway a couple weeks ago as well. You can check it here if you so desire:

I must say however, that while I'm all for retooling cocktails to fit one's taste, it's simply not a Hemingway without the Maraschino, as it adds that indelible touch that sets it apart from other daiquiris, even more so than the grapefruit juice I'd say. A fine post nevertheless!

Elaine - The Gourmet Girl

Tuesday 21st of July 2009

I may have missed the official celebration on the 19th, but we won't be missing out on this wonderful sounding cocktail. Louis and I love grapefruit and I agree with Justine, it sounds so refreshing. Thanks for sharing.


Monday 20th of July 2009

I love grapefruit juice and this sound so summery and refreshing!


Monday 20th of July 2009

Oooh, I can see how these could be very delicious--and dangerous. But in a good way! It's amazing what flavors we discover when we skip the mixes and pre-made stuff, and go back to the basics. I've gotta try these!

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