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Hemingway Special

Gabriella Herman

Servings: Makes 1 cocktail

Created for the daiquiri-loving expat Ernest Hemingway at El Floridita in Havana, this cocktail (also called a Papa Doble) was originally made without any sugar and with twice the rum. I like a little sweetness, so I rim the glass with turbinado sugar.


  • 2 Tbs. turbinado (“raw”) sugar
  • 2 oz. white rum, preferably Havana Club Añejo 3 años
  • 3/4 oz. (1-1/2 Tbs.) fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. (1 Tbs.) fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 oz. (1 Tbs.) maraschino liqueur
  • 1 maraschino cherry, for garnish
  • 1 grapefruit zest curl, for garnish

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 230
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 0
  • Fat (g): 0
  • Saturated Fat (g): 0
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0
  • Cholesterol (mg): 0
  • Sodium (mg): 5
  • Carbohydrates (g): 22
  • Fiber (g): 0
  • Protein (g): 0


  • Wet the rim of a cocktail glass in a little water and then dip the rim into a small dish containing the sugar. Place the glass in the freezer until ready to use.
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the rum, lime and grapefruit juices, and maraschino liqueur. Put the lid on the shaker, making sure it has a good seal. Shake vigorously until frothy, at least 30 seconds. Strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with the cherry and zest.


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