Hemingway Daiquiri

The Hemingway Daiquiri consists of white rum, lime juice, grapefruit juice, and maraschino liqueur.

Hemingway Daiquiri

In a couple days, it’ll be January and we get a fresh start to create another memorable year.

Typically everyone reaches for champagne to toast the new year. Here’s something a little different.

Ernest Hemingway once said, “I drink to make other people more interesting.”

I hope that’s not the case for you on New Year’s Eve. I like to surround myself with people I wouldn’t mind being stuck on a deserted island with. It’s best to start the new year with those you actually enjoy being around.

Whatever the case, you deserve a tasty drink (be it a cocktail or a non-alcoholic sparkling apple cider) in hand when the clock strikes 12.

Hemingway Daiquiri

I’m closing out the year with this classic cocktail. It’s simple yet elegant. I introduce you to the Hemingway Daiquiri.

Hemingway Daiquiri

This combination of white rum, lime juice, grapefruit juice, and maraschino liqueur was a favorite of Hemingway. He drank it so much that the cocktail eventually was named after him.

Traditionally, it is made with maraschino liqueur. I didn’t have any, so I substituted some maraschino cherry liquid- thus giving it that pretty pink hue.

Growing up, I was a fan of those super bright red maraschino cherries. Those days are long gone. Now, I swear by these Merry Maraschino cherries by Tillen Farms. I love them because they’re made without artificial colors, dyes, or flavors. They are available at BevMo and various online retailers.

Cheers, friends!

Hemingway Daiquiri

Yield: serves 1, multiply as needed

Author Maryanne Cabrera


  • 1 oz white rum
  • 1/2 oz grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • 1/4 oz maraschino cherry liquid * see notes
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup , recipe follows
  • grapefruit peel or orange peel , to garnish
  • maraschino cherries , to garnish


  1. 1. Fill a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice. Add all ingredients to shaker. Cover and shake. Strain chilled cocktail and serve in a coupe cocktail glass. Garnish with grapefruit peel and maraschino cherry, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Simple Syrup: Bring to a boil 1 part water and 1 part granulated sugar. Keep chilled in the fridge until ready to use. Keeps for one week.

*Note: I used the liquid from the bottled maraschino cherries. Traditionally, this cocktail is made with maraschino liqueur. 


Hemingway Daiquiri

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I am definitely going to try this. I have a bottle of Luxardo that I bought and never used because I never knew what to do with it. Problem solved. :)

Also, those glasses are perfection.

    Maryanne Cabrera

    Cheers, Lindsay! I hope you love it!

    YES! I need to learn to make more cocktails in coupe glasses :)

Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie

Everything you post makes me so inspired! I wish we lived close so I could learn from your photography. BUT I’M SO EXCITED TO COME OUT THERE for the workshop together! (fingers crossed). Happy New Year friend!

    Maryanne Cabrera

    Aw, thanks so much Becky! I can only imagine how crazy it would be if we lived near each other! YES, looking forward to it! Happy New year!! xoxo


Wonderful, such great color, and flavor.

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