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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Guest Bram Meehan: Daiquiri

Refreshing Beverage of the Week
If all you know of the Daiquiri is the weird, sickly sweet frozen concoction, you owe it to yourself to try this classic cocktail, which probably has its origins in the days of the British Empire. And then step up to Hemingway's variation.

2 ounces white rum
(Note that today's rums bear little resemblance to rums of decades past. Try a nice, aged rum for extra flavor.)
1/2 teaspoon superfine sugar (or 3/4 oz. simple syrup)
1/2–1 ounce fresh lime juice

Combine ingredients in a shaker filled with ice; shake hard.

The Hemingway Daiquiri

is how Ernest preferred his, often as a double: the "Papa Doble." In some bars, that's the name for a single of this drink:

2 ounces white rum
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur

Yes, it'll be pink. Yes, he'd often have his blended with ice. If it was good enough for Hemingway, it's good enough for you.