Hemingway Special Daiquiri (Papa Doble)
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Hemingway Special Daiquiri (Papa Doble)
Cocktail recipe

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4.7 / 5
The Hemingway Special Daiquiri, also famously known as the Papa Doble, harbors a tantalizing blend of rich flavors that showcase the refreshing zest of pink grapefruit juice and lime juice, ... more The Hemingway Special Daiquiri, also famously known as the Papa Doble, harbors a tantalizing blend of rich flavors that showcase the refreshing zest of pink grapefruit juice and lime juice, coupled with the sweetness of maraschino cherry liqueur and sugar syrup. Skillfully balanced with a generous pour of gold rum, this cocktail serves as a vibrant homage to Ernest Hemingway, who was a known enthusiast of the Daiquiri during his time in Havana, Cuba. Served in a classic cocktail glass, the Papa Doble has become a revered concoction in the cocktail world, promising a lively and invigorating experience for citrus and rum aficionados alike. This mix creates a unique flavor profile that intrigues and delights, making it a staple for both history buffs and cocktail enthusiasts seeking a taste of literary and mixology heritage.
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Base ingredient
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Pink Grapefruit Juice
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19.15% | 3.6 units *
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Classic

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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ml
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30ml 1oz 3cl
22.5ml ¾oz 2.3cl
15ml ½oz 1.5cl
90ml 3.04oz 9cl

Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Hemingway Special Daiquiri (Papa Doble) smartly marries the brisk zestiness of pink grapefruit and lime with the underlying sweetness of maraschino cherry liqueur, all framed by the robust backbone of gold rum. The refreshing acidity cut through by a deeper sugary note creates a delightfully complex palate experience, highlighting why this cocktail continues to captivate rum enthusiasts and citrus lovers alike.

Method
How to make a Hemingway Special Daiquiri (Papa Doble)

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
First, gather all the ingredients you need for your cocktail and place them into a cocktail shaker
Add a good amount of ice to the shaker to ensure your drink is perfectly chilled
Securely close the shaker and give it a vigorous shake for about 10-15 seconds, or until you notice the shaker's exterior getting frosted, indicating the drink is well-chilled
Take a chilled glass, ensuring it's been prepped in the freezer for a bit to keep your cocktail cold
Finally, use a fine strainer to pour your smoothly mixed cocktail into the chilled glass, leaving any unwanted ice chunks or bits behind

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the history behind the Hemingway Special Daiquiri (Papa Doble)?

The Hemingway Special Daiquiri, also known as the Papa Doble, traces its origins back to Havana, Cuba, in the 1930s. It was created for the famous writer Ernest Hemingway at the El Floridita bar. Hemingway, who was diabetic, preferred his drinks without sugar, leading to the creation of this unique version of the classic daiquiri that uses grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur instead of the traditional sugar.

FAQ

Why is it called 'Papa Doble'?

The nickname 'Papa Doble' derives from Ernest Hemingway's nickname, 'Papa,' and the term 'Doble' which means double in Spanish. This refers to the doubled quantity of rum in the drink compared to the standard daiquiri served at El Floridita bar. Hemingway was known for his appreciation of strong drinks, and this cocktail was tailored to his tastes.

FAQ

How does the Hemingway Special Daiquiri differ from a traditional daiquiri?

The Hemingway Special Daiquiri differs from a traditional daiquiri mainly in its ingredients and sweetness level. While a classic daiquiri is made with rum, lime juice, and sugar, the Hemingway version replaces sugar with maraschino liqueur for sweetness and adds grapefruit juice. This not only brings a unique flavor profile but also reduces the overall sweetness, which was according to Hemingway's preference.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I use a different type of rum in the Hemingway Special Daiquiri?

Yes, you can use different types of rum in the Hemingway Special Daiquiri, although gold rum is traditionally used. If you prefer a lighter flavor, white rum can be a suitable replacement. For a richer, more complex flavor, dark rum can also be used. However, the choice of rum can significantly influence the overall taste and character of the cocktail.

FAQ

Is the Hemingway Special Daiquiri suitable for those who prefer less sweet cocktails?

Absolutely, the Hemingway Special Daiquiri is a great option for those who prefer their cocktails on the less sweet side. The combination of pink grapefruit juice and lime juice cut through the sweetness of the maraschino liqueur, creating a well-balanced cocktail that is not overly sweet, in line with Hemingway’s own preference for less sugary drinks.

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