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!