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An authentic Hemingway daiquiri is a light, refreshing cocktail that is far more sophisticated than the overly sweet, slurpee-like daiquiris found in many chain establishments. Choose the modernized version or the original, super-strong one that the literary legend himself used to sip at his favorite spot in Cuba in the mid 1900s. Julia, Recipe Hunter

Julia Rackow, NoshOnIt Recipe Hunter

THE RECIPE

The Hemingway Daiquiri

Just what Papa ordered

When most people think of a daiquiri they think of a sickly sweet frozen drink with a cute umbrella perched on top. But a classic daiquiri is simply a careful balance of rum, lime juice, and sweetener. It’s an incredibly versatile drink, and easy to customize based on personal taste–add a fruit, an herb, make it sweeter or more sour, the possibilities seem endless. Its citrusy simplicity makes it an incredibly refreshing summer drink, but so few ingredients also means that the ratios and quality of those ingredients are vital. Nancy offers us two recipes for one of the most iconic daiquiris, The Hemingway (aka the Papa Doble). Her first recipe is delicious and easy-drinking with rum, fresh lime and grapefruit juice, and a few drops of maraschino liqueur (a clear, bittersweet liqueur made from Marasca cherries–of no relation to the bright red cherries found on top of sundaes). The second is the original version that Papa Hemingway himself used to sip at his favorite bar in Cuba, a slightly slushy cocktail with nearly two times as much rum as the other recipe. Whichever iteration you choose, The Hemingway is just the delicious, sophisticated classic cocktail to get summer going in full swing.

THE CHEF

Nancy Mitchell

Editor, Writer, Cocktail Enthusiast

Nancy Mitchell from The Backyard Bartender

I love gardening, and drinking, and making things with friends, and creating cocktails is the perfect synthesis of all that.

Nancy is the writer behind The Backyard Bartender, a blog in which she shares her recipes for fresh and tasty cocktails from her Houston kitchen. One thing we really love about her blog is her garden-to-glass approach: she focuses on using fresh, local ingredients, many of them grown in her own backyard. If you take a browse through her archives you’ll find the best recipes for some of the most beloved classics, like a whiskey sour or daiquiri, but you’ll also find awesome and unexpected cocktails, like her series of drinks inspired by Harry Potter characters. Whether you’re on the hunt for a classic concoction or looking for a new and unique cocktail to sip, Nancy’s recipes will serve you well.

Head over to The Backyard Bartender and say hello to Nancy on Twitter and Pinterest.

THE TIP

Ingredient Spotlight: Maraschino Liqueur

Maraschino is a clear, dry liqueur made from sour Marasca cherries and their pits, which are found nearly exclusively on the coast of Croatia.

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