Hemingway Daiquiri

Try the legendary writer’s go-to cocktail order for yourself.

  • Serves

    Makes 1 cocktail

  • Prep

    5 minutes


By SAVEUR Editors

Updated on May 24, 2024

At Havana, Cuba’s El Floridita bar, this special daiquiri was a usual order of author Ernest Hemingway. It was created by then-head bartender Constantino Ribalaigua Vert, who was known as “Constante” to regulars and “El Rey de los Cocteleros” (“The Cocktail King”) to locals. Legend has it that Hemingway requested a daiquiri with less sugar and more rum, and Vert obliged by doubling the rum, adding grapefruit juice to the customary lime, and swapping out the simple syrup for maraschino liqueur. And that’s how the Hemingway Daiquiri, or the Papa Doble (Papa was a nickname for Hemingway, and “doble” referred to the double jigger of rum), was born. While we prefer including simple syrup to balance out the tartness, feel free to omit if you want to stay true to Hemingway's original version.

Featured in “Papa’s Favorite Poison” by Robert Simonson.


  • 2 oz. agricole or white rum
  • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz. fresh grapefruit juice
  • ½ oz. maraschino liqueur
  • ½ oz. simple syrup
  • Maraschino cherries or lime wheel, for garnish


Step 1

To a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice, add the rum, lime juice, grapefruit juice, maraschino liqueur, and simple syrup. Shake until chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with cherries.

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