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For Whom the Bottle Tolled

Happy 120th birthday to the man who survived two plane crashes in two days, 237 bits of shrapnel in his legs, and a gunshot wound caused by a thrashing shark. Ernest Miller Hemingway, born July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois, was a bearded and barrel-chested American novelist, short-story writer, journalist, war correspondent, and general badass whose reputation as a macho sportsman preceded him then and still does today. He also liked to have a drink, often followed by another. He was an ardent hunter and firearms expert who sought out danger for the thrill of it. He once quipped, “There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.”

He served as an ambulance driver for the American Red Cross in Italy during WWI, where a mortar shell nearly ended his life. It was during his recovery he had an affair with a nurse 7-years his senior, a relationship that provided inspiration for his 1929 novel "A Farewell to Arms". In 1920, he became a reporter for the Toronto Star, and in 1921, he moved to Paris with his then wife. He met F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925, shortly after "The Great Gatsby" was published. The two were fast friends, forming a promising American literary duo that romantics of today look back upon with rose colored glasses, but their relationship quickly turned into a bitter rivalry marked by Fitzgerald’s drunken shenanigans and Hemingway’s braggadocio. Hemingway’s debut novel, "The Sun Also Rises", came only a year later in 1926.

In 1928, he moved to Key West, Florida. And it’s there where his love of the Daiquiri flourished.

“I drink to make other people more interesting.”
~Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway’s proper education ended after high school. Instead, he took to learning about culture through travel. “Don’t bother with churches, government buildings or city squares, if you want to know about a culture, spend a night in its bars,” he said. And he did exactly that. His appetite for alcohol is legendary. It’s said that his favorite cocktail was the Papa Doble, a drink that included 3.75 ounces of white rum. He drank six of them on the average night and twelve of them when he was particularly motivated. He’s credited with inventing the Death in the Afternoon, a cocktail made of absinthe and champagne. He thought of it after he spent time in the Left Bank, Paris, where his absinthe consumption was at its peak. His original instructions for it were: "Pour one jigger absinthe into a Champagne glass. Add iced Champagne until it attains the proper opalescent milkiness. Drink three to five of these slowly."

Here’s to the man who lived, lost, drank, and wrote. Here’s to his Pulitzer Prize and his Nobel Prize. Here’s to the man for whom the bottle tolled and who inspired many a drink recipe. In honor of his birthday, we’ve gathered all our Hemingway Daiquiris, some traditional, others with a twist, and thrown a couple Mojito’s in for good measure, just like he did. Happy birthday, Papa. Long may we drink to you.

Hemingway’s Nightcap by Crescendo Spirits ft. Limecello


  • 1 oz. rum
  • 1 oz. Limecello
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz. fresh grapefruit juice

  • Directions:
    Garnish with thin lime and grapefruit peels.

    Hemingway Daiquiri by Montanya Distillers ft. Platino Rum


  • ½ squeezed lime
  • 0.75 oz. Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
  • 0.75 oz. grapefruit juice
  • 0.25 oz. simple syrup
  • 1.75 oz. Platino Rum

  • Directions:
    Combine ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake. Strain and garnish with lime twist.

    Hemingway Daiquiri by Northern Latitudes Distillery ft. Manitou Passage Rum


  • ½ a lime
  • 0.25 oz. grapefruit juice
  • 2 oz. rum
  • 0.75 oz. simple syrup

  • Directions:
    Shake on ice and pour into cocktail glass. Garnish with a spoon full of cherry juice.

    Hemingway Daiquiri by Old Harbor Distilling Co. ft. Barrelflag Navy Strength Rum


  • 0.5 oz. grapefruit juice
  • 0.5 oz. Maraschino Liqueur
  • 2 oz. Barrelflag Rum
  • 0.75 oz. lime juice

  • Directions:
    Named after one of the most infamous drinkers of all time. Add all ingredients into a shaker tin with ice. Shake until too cold to hold. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a grapefruit peel.

    Hemingway Daiquiri by Roulaison Distilling Co. ft. Traditional Pot Distilled Rum


  • 2 oz. Traditional Pot Distilled Rum
  • 0.75 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
  • 0.50 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 0.25 oz. Maraschino Liqueur
  • 0.25 oz. simple syrup

  • Directions:
    Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.

    Rumson’s Spiced Darkuiri by Rumson’s Rum ft. Rumson’s Spiced Rum


  • 2 oz. Rumson’s Spiced Rum
  • 0.75 oz. lime juice
  • 0.25 oz simple syrup

  • Directions:
    A spicy twist to this Hemingway classic. Combine ingredients, shake with ice and pour into a cocktail glass.

    Hemingway Daiquiri by Siddiqui Rums ft. Classic Dark Rum


  • 1.5 oz. Siddiqui Rum
  • 1 oz. Maraschino Liqueur
  • 0.5 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 0.5 oz. grapefruit juice

  • Directions:
    Combine all ingredients with ice. Shake vigorously and enjoy!

    Hemingway Daiquiri by Stillwagon Distillery ft. The Devil’s Own Gold Rum


  • 2 oz. Gold Rum
  • 0.75 oz. pink grapefruit juice
  • 1.5 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 0.25 oz. real grenadine

  • Directions:
    Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake well, and pour into a chilled glass and garnish with a Grapefruit peel twist.

    Florida Coconut Mojito by Wicked Dolphin ft. Coconut Rum


  • 2 oz. Wicked Dolphin Coconut Rum
  • Fill with Club Soda
  • Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Garnish with lime wedge
  • Squeezed Lime Juice
  • Teaspoon Sugar

  • Directions:

    Mojito by Humboldt Distillery ft. Organic Original Rum


  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1.5 oz. Organic Original Rum
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 6 mint leaves
  • Soda water

  • Directions:
    Gently muddle mint with sugar and lime juice. Add rum and stir. Top with crushed ice and soda water. Garnish with mint and lime.

    Mojito by Gulch Distillers ft. Flintlock Bourbon Cask Spiced Rum


  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • 1.5 oz. Flintlock Rum
  • 12 mint leaves

  • Directions:
    Lightly muddle mint with lime juice and simple syrup in a shaker. Add rum and ice and shake vigorously. Pour the entire content of the shaker into a collins glass and top with soda. Garnish with a lime wheel and mint sprig.