Hemingway Special Daiquiri (Papa Doble)

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There are approximately 345 calories in one serving of Hemingway Special Daiquiri (Papa Doble).

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Lime wedge

How to make:

SHAKE all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.

3 1/2 fl oz Bacardi Gold rum
1 fl oz Grapefruit juice (pink)
3/4 fl oz Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
1 fl oz Lime juice (freshly squeezed)
1/2 fl oz Giffard Sugar Cane Syrup

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Papa Doble Daiquiri


This drink is also known as a Papa Doble for good reason, it's twice the size of a regular cocktail. Hence the above recipe will fill one oversize Martini or two regular coupe glasses.

If you've a bone dry palate and would like to sample a true Hemingway Special without the addition of sugar then try the following authentic recipe given to us by Alejandro Bolívar Rodriguez, Head Bartender at El Floridita, Havana, Cuba.

Daiquiri Hemingway
Glass: Hurricane
Garnish: Straw
Method: BLEND all ingredients with crushed ice for five seconds.
90ml / 3oz Light Cuban rum
5ml / 1 spoon Maraschino liqueur
30ml / 1oz Grapefruit juice
15ml / 1/2oz Lime juice


Created by Constantino (Constante) Ribalaigua Vert, the legendary head bartender of La Floridita, Havana, Cuba for Ernest Hemingway, after the great man wandered into the bar to use the toilet. When Hemingway tried the Floridita's standard frozen Daiquiri, he is quoted as saying, "That's good but I prefer it without sugar and with double rum" - so the Hemingway Special was born.

Hemingway suffered from haemochromatosis (a rare hereditary disease that can lead to diabetes) from which his father also suffered, hence his aversion to sugar. The original version was exactly as Hemingway requested a Daiquiri without sugar and heavy on the rum, basically rum shaken with a splash of lime juice. Years later after he took over the position of Head Bartender at La Floridita, Antonio Meilan added maraschino and grapefruit juice into the drink. Today sugar is commonly also added to balance this drink and make it more palatable to people with less sour palates than Hemingway.

Hemingway was affectionately known as 'Papa' in Cuba and this drink was originally named 'Daiquiri Like Papa' and then later 'Papa Doble'. After Meilan added maraschino and grapefruit the drink changed its name again to the Hemingway Special we recognise today.

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