One of my favorite places to find inspiration for new drinks to try at home are the cocktail menus at many of our local favorite restaurants and bars. I’m often overwhelmed by so many enticing choices, but my strategy is simple. I try to choose something with a liquor I know I like that sounds interesting and different than anything I’ve had before. Several months ago we were out and I decided to try the Hemingway daiquiri for that very reason. Rum is always a safe bet in my book, I was intrigued by Hemingway in the title and I was pretty sure this bar was a tad too fancy to be serving up the poolside version of a daiquiri.

This is not a daiquiri in the way most of us have come to know it, a blended frozen cocktail with that is usually short on rum and heavy on the sweetener. In my extensive scholarly research on the topic (Wikipedia FTW!), I learned that in the classic sense, a daiquiri is a drink with rum, citrus and sugar, usually served over ice. In this particular version, so named after the author who apparently loved them, grapefruit and lime provide the citrus element and maraschino liqueur provides an interesting little twist in the flavor. This combination works so well together that months after the fact, I still vividly remember that lovely drink. It seemed a perfect candidate for cocktail Friday so here you are! Cheers to a lovely weekend for us all!


4 oz. (½ cup) agricole rum
3 oz. (6 tbsp.) freshly squeezed lime juice
1½ oz. (3 tbsp.) freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
1 oz. (2 tbsp.) maraschino liqueur
1 oz. (2 tbsp.) simple syrup
Ice cubes
Cherries, for garnish (optional)


  • 01

    In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine the rum, lime juice, grapefruit juice, maraschino liqueur and simple syrup. Shake until well blended and chilled. Strain into cocktail glasses over ice. Garnish with a cherry if desired.

  • Kerry @ Kerry Cooks

    I can only imagine how awesome cocktail parties at Casa Annie must be!

  • Abigail Hoppen

    This looks yummy!

  • Marla

    Hi Annie, I’ve been looking forward to your Friday cocktail posts every week! Can you suggest a brand of argicole rum for this drink?

  • annieseats

    Oh good, I’m so glad to hear it! I don’t want to give a specific rec at the moment because I don’t think I have tried enough to give an informed recommendation, but this article from the NY Times has a lot of good info (though it is a bit more sophisticated than what I think my palate can probably grasp).

    I am hoping to try St. George as well, since it was originally recommended in Saveur. I’ll report back once I do.

  • Angela

    This is my favorite so far. (I may say this each week.) :) Grapefruit and rum are meant to be together, like peanut butter and chocolate. Have a great weekend!

  • Peggasus

    What are some of your favorite restaurants in Indy? My son moved there four months ago after graduating and getting a job (YAY!), and we visited him there for the first time last weekend. What a lovely city! (I live near Chanpaign.) We went to Weber Grill downtown the first night (men), and went to Recess the second, but it was too long a wait so we ended up in Broad Ripple. But we will be going back, and I would like something other than solid meat and potatoes. Thanks for any recommendations!

  • annieseats

    Oh yay, love talking Indy restaurants! I have a Pinterest board with a lot of recommendations here:

    I only pin the ones that I really love, so these are my true faves in the city. I think we have a great and ever-growing food scene here! One other place that should be excellent but I haven’t tried yet is Milktooth, a brunch joint headed up by Greg Hardesty, the chef/owner at Recess. I love everything he does so I’m sure it is great.

  • Peggasus

    Great, thank you, I’ll be checking out your Pinterest! Recess sounded great but doesn’t take reservations for the regular room. Next we will go un-hiply earlier.

  • I’m pretty sure I’d prefer this to the daiquiris normally served poolside. Love how it’s big on citrus but not as much on sugar.

  • annieseats

    Great! We usually make reservations at Recess – maybe you mean Room Four, attached?

    Also, I ended up trying Milktooth for brunch this weekend and it was perfection. Definitely recommend it!

  • Peggasus

    Yes, we wanted Room Four. Glad to hear about Milktooth. My son also suggested Union 50, I see it’s on your board, too. Now I want to go back sooner, just to try these places out!