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Cocktail O'Clock: Hemingway Daiquiri

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Balmy weather in New York City calls for a drink that quenches and refreshes, and a Hemingway Daiquiri definitely does the trick. Bag the store-bought mixes (they're full of sugar), and mix up your own cooling cocktail with a few simple ingredients.  Often enjoyed by the author, the drink is also called a "Papa Doble" as Hemingway was known to drink double portions (up to 16 in a single sitting) while visiting El Floridita in Cuba. While I recommend moderation, you can enjoy this cocktail strained into a glass as pictured, or blend with ice if desired-- Hemingway was known to enjoy it both ways. I'll leave you with my favorite Hemingway quote from Islands In the Stream, just in case you aren't already squeezing your limes:  "This frozen daiquiri, so well beaten as it is, looks like the sea where the wave falls away from the bow of a ship when she is doing thirty knots."

At this year's Manhattan Cocktail Classic I had the opportunity to meet Philip Greene, author of "To Have and To Have Another: The Hemingway Cocktail Companion," which I highly recommend reading if you are interested in Ernest Hemingway and his stories and experiences with cocktails.

To a cocktail shaker filled with ice (or a blender) combine 1 1/2 ounce light rum, 1 teaspoon maraschino liqueur, 1/2 ounce lime juice, and 1/2 ounce grapefruit juice. Shake well and strain into a cocktail class, or blend and serve. Garnish with a lime wheel.

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