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Hemingway Daiquiri | Papa Doble Cocktail

Also known as a Hemingway Daiquiri, the Papa Doble takes the simple Daiquiri to a new level with two simple additions. Read on to discover how Ernest Hemingway got his name on the drink and learn how to make a Papa Doble at home.

Hemingway Daiquiri Next to Pink Flowers

The Hemingway Daiquiri is an anomaly.

With its pink hue and fruity flavor, this shaken cocktail looks and tastes like a liquor lightweight. Some might even call it a girly drink. But make no mistake – the Hemingway Daiquiri is a serious cocktail with an ample amount of alcohol that can sneak up on any drinker who’s not careful.

As it turns out, the Hemingway Daiquiri has an interesting history that involves one of the least girly authors to ever travel to the cocktail’s home country of Cuba. It’s also a cocktail that tastes so great that you’ll want to drink two, maybe three, once you give it a try.

What Is the Hemingway Daiquiri?

Hemingway Daiquiri in Front of Tiles
The Hemingway Daiquiri takes the classic Daiquiri to the next level.

Named after Ernest Hemingway and nicknamed both Papa Doble and Hemingway Special, this classic cocktail is a Daiquiri variation that adds ruby red grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur to the classic cocktail’s recipe. More than just window dressing, these two extra ingredients simultaneously add a subtle sweetness and bright, tart flavor to the simple sipper.

Legend has it that Hemingway inspired his namesake cocktail when he ordered a Daiquiri without sugar and double the rum. Though the recipe has evolved over the years, it’s difficult, if not impossible, to forget the story where it all began.

History of the Hemingway Daiquiri

Hemingway Daiquiri in Lisbon
The Hemingway Daiquiri cocktail’s history started in Havana. However, we crafted and drank this Hemingway Daiquiri cocktail in Lisbon.

The history of the Hemingway Daiquiri is a doozy thanks to the two key characters involved in the classic cocktail’s origin story. One was bigger-than-life author Ernest Hemingway and the other was master mixologist Constantino Ribailagua.

As famous for his voracious appetite as for his prolific writing, Hemingway lived at Havana’s Hotel Ambos Mundos during the 1930s. At that same time, Ribailagua was an equally prolific bartender at Havana’s El Floridita bar. Considering the mere 750 meter distance between the Hotel Ambos Mundos and El Floridita, it was only a matter of time before the two would meet.

As described in this NPR article, the Hemingway Daiquiri owes its creation to a productive pit stop at El Floridita. Not only did Hemingway find a restroom during his sojourn, but he also made cocktail history by custom ordering a Daiquiri with less sugar and more rum.

Daryl Takes a Hemingway Daiquiri Selfie
Daryl channeled his inner Hemingway when he drank this Hemingway Daiquiri. But first he took a selfie.

Ribailagua crafted the original Hemingway Daiquiri which eventually adopted the Papa Doble moniker. He later fine-tuned the recipe by adding maraschino liqueur and grapefruit juice.

As for Hemingway, he proceeded to drink many more Cuban cocktails at El Floridita over the years, typically ordering double drinks with four ounces of rum in each glass. Papa clearly liked his doubles. Or, we should say, his Papa Dobles.

Click here to buy To Have and Have Another – A Hemingway Cocktail Companion and read the story about the time that Hemingway drank 17 cocktails at one sitting as well as other drinking adventures.

Hemingway Daiquiri Ingredients

Hemingway Daiquiri Ingredients
You only need a handful of ingredients to craft a Hemingway Daiquiri at home. Pictured here are white rum, maraschino liqueur, a lime, grapefruit juice and simple syrup.

These are the ingredients required to craft a Hemingway Daiquiri at home:

  • White Rum
  • Maraschino Liqueur
  • Lime Juice
  • Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
  • Simple Syrup (Optional)
  • Lime Wheel
  • Ice

You’ll notice that the Hemingway Daiquiri ingredients aren’t that different from the ingredients in a classic Daiquiri. Both cocktails start with white rum and lime juice but the Hemingway Daiquiri adds maraschino liqueur and grapefruit juice to the mix.

We go one step further by adding simple syrup to our Hemingway Daiquiri recipe. We find that this addition cuts the cocktail’s tartness and balances its competing flavors.

Hemingway Daiquiri Liquor Bottles
Despite the Hemingway Daiquiri’s complex flavor profile, the cocktail’s only two liquors are maraschino liqueur and white rum.

Luxardo produces our preferred maraschino liqueur which is not surprising since we’re obsessed with the Italian company’s maraschino cherries. We had to special-order this liqueur and it was totally worth it. Not only can we use it to craft Hemingway Daiquiris, but Luxardo maraschino liqueur is a key ingredient in Aviation and Martinez cocktails too.

We use Bacardi White Rum to craft this and other rum-based cocktails. Any decent white rum will work in this recipe.

How To Make a Hemingway Daiquiri

Hemingway Daiquiri Ingredients and Tools
Crafting a Hemingway Daiquiri is easy to do if you have the right tools and ingredients.

Like all classic cocktails, the Hemingway Daiquiri is easy to make and doesn’t require any special bar tools. That being said, we used the following items to prepare this recipe:

None of these tools are required but they will make your mixology experience better. You may also want to use a citrus juicer if you have one on hand.

Discover 10 necessary bar tools for lazy mixologists.

Measuring Grapefruit Juice
We measured each ingredient with a Japanese-style jigger.

The first step is to squeeze the juice if you have access to fresh fruit. This is a great time to cut a lime wheel while the lime is still intact.

Measuring Luxardo Liqueur
Maraschino liqueur adds a subtle sweetness to the Hemingway Daiquiri. Our recipe only requires a half ounce of this ingredient.

The next step is to measure the white rum, maraschino liqueur and simple syrup. Although the simple syrup is optional, we include the natural sweetener whenever we craft Hemingway Daiquiri cocktails at home.

Pouring Rum into Shaker
Pouring without spilling is the most challenging aspect of this recipe. If we can do it, you can do it too.

As you measure the liquids, you’ll want to pour each into your jigger. We like to use a Japanese jigger to easily achieve accurate measurements.

→ Click here to buy a Japanese jigger if you need a jigger or want an inexpensive upgrade.

Hemingway Daiquiri Ingredients including Ice
Shaking is the most fun aspect of the recipe. This is where the ingredients combine to form a sophisticated sipper.

Once all the ingredients are in the shaker, add ice and shake until all the ingredients are chilled and mixed. This should take about 30 seconds.

→ Click here to buy a Boston Shaker if you need a shaker or want an upgrade. Buying one was a cocktail game changer for us since it doesn’t leak or spill.

Straining Hemingway Daiquiri into Coupe Glass
Crafting a Hemingway Daiquiri only takes five minutes. Straining it into the glass is one of the final steps.

Once you strain the Hemingway Daiquiri into a coupe glass, all that’s left to do is garnish the cocktail with a lime wheel. Although you could gently drop the lime wheel directly into the drink, we prefer to place ours on the glass rim instead.

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Hemingway Daiquiri Alternatives

Hemingway Daiquiri Next to Ingredients
We love crafting and drinking classic Hemingway Daiquiris at home.

We suspect that you’ll love this recipe so much that you wont need any alternatives. However, here are some ideas if you want to experiment:

  • Omit the maraschino liqueur and grapefruit juice to craft a classic Daiquiri.
  • Replace the lime wedge with one or two maraschino cherries.
  • Strain the cocktail over crushed ice to craft an icy Hemingway Daiquiri.
  • Use a blender to craft a frozen Hemingway Daiquiri.

Hemingway Daiquiri Recipe

Hemingway Daiquiri Selfi
Smile! It’s Hemingway Daiquiri time.
Hemingway Daiquiri Next to Blue Tiles

Hemingway Daiquiri

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Once you craft a Hemingway Daiquiri at home, you'll understand why it was one of Ernest Hemingway's favorite cocktails.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 lime wheel for garnish
  • ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Pour white rum, maraschino liqueur, lime juice and grapefruit juice into a shaker.
  2. Add ice and shake vigorously until ingredients are mixed and chilled.
  3. Strain into a coupe glass.
  4. Garnish with lime wheel.

Notes

  • We recommend slicing the lime wheel before you squeeze the lime.
  • You can use a martini glass if you don't have a coupe glass.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 340Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 2gSugar: 24gProtein: 1g

Nutrition Disclosure: We used an online calculator to calculate this information. Though 2foodtrippers.com has attempted to secure accurate data, these nutritional figures are estimates.

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Daryl & Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.

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