The Hemingway Daiquiri Martini | Karen’s Kitchen Stories

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The Hemingway Daiquiri is a classic rum cocktail that is also known as the Papa Doble (when doubled) or the Hemingway Classic. 

The Hemingway Daiquiri Martini

Evidently, Ernest Hemingway spent a lot of time drinking in Cuba (as well as in bars in Paris and across the world). One of the legends of the Hemingway Daiquiri is that Ernest Hemingway used to drink several of these at a time. He’d often order doubles, which became known as the aforementioned Papa Doble. 

After buying Luxardo to make a Tuxedo Martini, I decided to search for other cocktails that also used this lovely Italian maraschino liqueur. I came across several versions of this cocktail and then got caught up in reading about Hemingway, his life, his works, and “The Lost Generation.”

The Hemingway Daiquiri

I also loved reading his quotes.

A fun quote: “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”

And… “courage is grace under pressure.”

And this sentence: “From things that have happened and from things as they exist and from all things that you know and all those you cannot know, you make something through your invention that is not a representation but a whole new thing truer than anything true and alive, and you make it alive, and if you make it well enough, you give it immortality.”

I envy the ability to say so much in a single sentence.

What is the difference between a daiquiri and a Hemingway daiquiri? 

A regular daiquiri (one of President Kennedy’s favorite cocktails) consists of just rum, lime juice, and simple syrup. To make the Hemingway version, you add some grapefruit juice and Luxardo, a cherry liqueur. 

I substituted a teaspoon of limeade concentrate for the simple syrup in the traditional recipe. I keep it in the freezer and love the sweet limey lime flavor it adds to this cocktail. It’s a great substitute for the sweet and sour in margaritas too. 

I added a maraschino cherry and a lime wheel for garnish. It reminds me of when my grandmother would always give me the cherry in her old fashioned. You can skip the cherries, or add extra! Either way, it’s delicious.

P.S. For another great cocktail using Luxardo, you should also check out this Italian margarita. It’s really tasty.

This week, the From Our Dinner Table Group is presenting Sensational Summer Cocktails, and we have a fabulous lineup for you. I’m really intrigued by some of the names of my friends’ cocktails and can’t wait to check them out!

Sensational Summer Cocktails

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Papa Doble

The Hemingway Daiquiri Martini

Hemingway classic
Yield: 1 cocktail

Author: Karen Kerr


  • 1 1/2 ounces light rum
  • 1 T Luxardo or other maraschino liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice
  • 1 T limeade concentrate or simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce grapefruit juice
  • Lime wheel and a maraschino or Luxardo cherry to garnish (optional)


  1. Add all of the ingredients except the garnishes to an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake or stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  2. Garnish and raise your glass to Ernest Hemingway.

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