Thirsty Thursday – The Hemingway, It’s Not Just An Author

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We know about the books Ernest Hemingway wrote, his travels and his connection to Key West and the Caribbean but did you know there is a drink named after him?  The aptly named Hemingway, a descendant of the El Papa Dobles he used to drink in Havana at El Floridita, is a daquiri made from white rum.  How did the recipe for the Hemingway come about?  According to, Hemingway “had stopped into Havana’s El Floridita bar, not far from the hotel where he lived during much of the 1930s. On his way out, he noticed the bartender setting up Daiquiris. Never one to walk past a drink, Hemingway took a sip. Not bad, he said, but he preferred them with no sugar and double the rum. The bartender made one as specified, and then named the drink after him.”

Damoiseau hemingway

Want to finally sit down and read the Hemingway classic “The Old Man and the Sea?” What better drink to accompany that literary endeavor than a drink named after its author?

Ernest Hemingway once said “I drink to make other people more interesting.” No wonder beach bars are always full of interesting people. And to think this whole time I thought it was the scenery.

The Recipe:

2 oz. Damoiseau Virgin Cane Rum
¾ oz. fresh grapefruit juice
½ oz. fresh lime juice
¼ oz. maraschino liqueur
Garnish: lime wheel or cherry
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail coupe

Thanks to our friends at Rhum Damoiseau for providing the following Hemingway recipe. If you’re interested in trying out some of their rum, you can buy it online at

Virgin CaneAbout Rhum Damoiseau – Rhum Damoiseau is the leading producer of Guadeloupe Rhum Agricole. The opposite of industrial rum distilled from molasses, Rhum Agricole begins with the finest selection of sugarcane, which are then pressed to extract the finest and most aromatic fresh sugarcane juice. It is distilled in the traditional way, inspired by the enjoyment of great brandies, particularly by Armagnac of southwestern France. Rhum Agricole is only produced in the spring months of the year during the driest season. The Appellation of Origin guarantees Rhum Damoiseau is crafted and bottled in Guadeloupe, at our distillery. Damoiseau must comply with standard of quality concerning, source and extraction of sugarcane, distillation, and aging.

Following the successful development of Rhum Agricole from Martinique in the United States, the category gets a new player from Guadeloupe. RHUM DAMOISEAU has introduced in select markets VIRGIN CANE RHUM BLANC and V.S.O.P. RHUM VIEUX. Rhum Agricole is the only rum in the world made from specific varieties of sugarcane, resulting in rum that is smooth and enjoyable. It is the choice style of rum for those who appreciate a terroir-driven spirit neat or in cocktails.

Author: Tom W.

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