A holiday like the recent National Rum Day (yes, there is such a thing) calls for a cocktail like a Hemingway Daiquiri. If you’re not inspired to run with the bulls in Pamplona (his novel The Sun Also Rises brought the highlight of the Festival of San Fermin into popular consciousness), you can embrace your inner adventurer with this cocktail:
Combine in shaker with ice, shake like the business end of a bull is right behind you, and strain into chilled martini glass.
If you’re paying attention to other posts in the Wulf Cocktail Den, you probably noticed that I despise Maraschino cherries. So why do I endorse Maraschino liqueur? Because the two have nothing in common. Maraschino liqueur (Luxardo is the most popular brand in the U.S.) does not have a cherry flavor. The best way I can describe it is that it has a vaguely sweet nut flavor; this is why you do not need simple syrup in a Hemingway Daiquiri. In comparison, a Maraschino cherry is a Frankenfruit that is the result of artificial sweeteners and God knows what other toxic stuff corrupted it. If you want to garnish your cocktail with a cherry, I recommend Luxardo cherries.
Although Hemingway was not a member of the British Special Air Service (the rough equivalent of U.S. Special Forces), he certainly would approve of its motto – Who Dares Wins. Dare to be different and have a Hemingway Daiquiri.
To read Part One of the Grapefruit Triad (the Siesta), click here