Hemingway Special

A sweet and refreshing enhancement of a classic Daiquiri.


  • Served in martini
  • 21% ABV


El Floridita



White rum 6.0cl 2.0oz
Grapefruit juice 4.0cl 1.33oz
Cherry liqueur Maraschino x 1.5cl 0.5oz
Lime juice 1.5cl 0.5oz
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  1. Shake with ice cubes.
  2. Strain into a double cocktail glass.


PBS has a lovely writeup on the history of the Hemingway Special:

As the story goes, Hemingway was passing through El Floridita for a quick use of the bathroom. Upon leaving, he saw bartender Constantino Ribalaigua Vert lining the bar top with his famous daiquiris. Constantino did not invent the daiquiri, though he is credited with creating the frozen version we are familiar with today. Without the use of a blender, he mastered the frozen drink in a creative way. His method involved first filling the cocktail glasses with ice to keep them nice and cold. While the glasses chilled, he mixed the daiquiri ingredients, along with a good amount of chipped ice, in a cocktail shaker. He was known to hurl the ingredients back and forth between a second shaker in an impressive arc. He then removed the ice from the chilled glasses and replaced it with his frozen rum and lime juice concoction. His remarkable skills behind the bar made Constantino something of an early mixologist. Of course Hemingway couldn’t leave El Floridita without first trying one himself. He liked what he tasted, but preferred the daiquiri without sugar and double the amount of rum. When Constantino made a new drink per Hemingway’s suggestions, the “Papa Doble” was born. Hemingway also enjoyed another of Constantino’s daiquiris that included grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur; it later became known as the “Hemingway Special.”

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