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July 19, 2017


Hemingway Daiquiri

by N@ncy

  • Flordita Bar  ‘La Cuna del Daiquiri’ (1955)  (King of the Daiquiri)
  • where the Hemingway Daiquiri was created.
  • L/R: Roberto Herrera, Byra ‘Puck’ Whittlesey, Jack ‘Bumby’ Hemingway (eldest son)
  • Spencer Tracy, Ernest Hemingway and Mary Hemingway (wife).


National Daiquiri Day  19 July

  1. I love books….and a good wine.
  2. But I never really entered the world of cocktails.
  3. Now is the time to find the stories, facts behind the recipes
  4. …with just a touch of irreverence.


UPDATE: 20 July 2017  ( …the day after)

  1. After my very first Daiquiri…I cannot fathom knocking back a
  2. 4 or 5  of these cocktails on a lazy, steamy Havana evening.
  3. This was Hemingway’s daily routine while in Cuba
  4. …mornings spent writing and afternoons spent fishing!
  5.  The Daiquiri is not a sweet swirl in the mouth but
  6. …more  ‘pucker up those lips’  kind of frappé.
  7. You could relax with this drink for an  hour on a…hot summer evening!
  8. If I made it again….
  9. I’d increase maraschino to 1 tsp or 2 tsp
  10. …just to take the bite off.
  11. But that is just my own preference.
  12. PS:  I need a cocktail shaker  with integrated strainer.
  13. The ‘bar’ in my kitchen was a disaster.
  14. Limes, grapefruit rolling around and ice cubes that
  15. …would not stay in my improvised shaker.
  16. It was a mess.

This is my choice:  Leopold Vienna cocktailshaker 500 ml rvs

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Hemingway Daiquiri:

  • 3 ¾ oz White Rum (110 ml)
  • 2 oz fresh lime juice (60 ml)
  • 2 oz fresh grapefruit juice (60 ml)
  • 6 drops of maraschino liqueur (1/4 tsp)

Blend well with ice.  Serve in a large chilled goblet.


UPDATE: 02 Aug 2017 –  easy recipe!  less measuring….

  • Juice of 1 grapefruit
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 40 ml rum
  • 2 teaspoons maraschino cherry liqueur
  • I made this to celebrate Peter O’Toole’s birthday today!




  1. Cocktail historians tell us that the Daiquiri was invented around 1900.
  2. An American mining engineer by the name of Jennings Cox
  3. stationed in the southeastern Cuban beach town of Daiquiri
  4. was preparing to entertain some visiting friends from the States.
  5. To his horror, he discovered that he’d run out of gin.
  6. Cox did have a goodly amount of rum, sugar, and limes.
  7. So he just put those ingredients together…shake…strain….serve!

  1. The cocktail was perfected by C. Ribalaigua
  2. ….bartender and owner of Havana’s La Florida Bar.
  3. Hemingway began frequenting the Flordita Bar in 1932 during
  4. …visits to Havana from his home in Key West.
  5. In 1937  the bar named a Daiquiri after him.
  6. … it is time to relax and enjoy
  7. …some french cheese, crackers  and my cocktail!


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5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Kathy
    Jul 20 2017

    Magnificent… and all the history behind it makes it come alive!


    • Jul 20 2017

      This was a powerful cocktail! I ordered my cocktail shaker ….and it should be here tomorrow! This is going to be a fun project in the coming months! That us my ONLY cocktail glass! I’ll have to go to the store soon.


      • Kathy
        Jul 20 2017

        I have an old plastic one buried somewhere in the closet I use to make salad dressing!

        Liked by 1 person

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