There's that name again. Hemingway, the one writer more famous for what he drank than what he wrote, but he drank some interesting things. The Hemingway Daiquiri is one of those things, even if the jury's still out on how to best make it, but that's what makes it special.
Hemingway was both a drinker and a traveler, and as he spent time in the Keys and Cuba he fell in love with the Daiquiri. However, he did have particular ideas about how to consume them, and an aversion to sugar. The Hemingway Daiquiri was often served to him as a version known as the Papa Doble, or twice the rum and no sugar, with some grapefruit and maraschino liqueur. Legend has it he could down these by the dozen, but legends are often larger than life, even if true. In the sane world of the planet Earth, most would use more restraint.
The challenge with the Hemingway Daiquiri isn't with quantity, it's with balance. Grapefruit is a tricky mistress in a cocktail, and alot of the recipes you might find for this drink differ greatly. We feel it's because grapefruit can run the spectrum from sweet to bitter, and adjusting for the juice from one, or one variety, means adjusting again for the next.
This is especially true when using fresh juice. Lemon and lime is fairly consistent, but not so with grapefruit, so make sure to taste your juice before you mix your drink. While Hemingway preferred his without sugar, some is necessary to balance the drink overall, but how much depends on how sweet the juice.
Another challenge is the rum. The original would have used Cuban rum, so Havana Club is what's preferred, but if you live in the US, getting a bottle means traveling abroad and bringing it back. Yes, you can buy a bottle that says Havana Club on the label, but it's not from Cuba, it's from Puerto Rico. Is it the same as the Havana Club from Cuba? No, so, unless you have access to Cuban rum, we suggest trying Cana Brava, a rum designed to mimic old school Cuban rum, and in a Hemingway Daiquiri it works just fine.
Of course, there's still the matter of quantity. If you enjoy these, pour one and savor it. There's no need to go nuts, and there's really no need trying to live up to a legend. Especially when you have to pay for all that rum, and especially when you have to leave to country to get it. So savor. It wouldn't be worth it otherwise.
Shake with ice and serve up. Garnish with a lime wedge.
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