Who says you have to drink rum on National Daiquiri Day?

July 19, 2013 -- Published by

The daiquiri is one of the few cocktails whose modified version is far more popular than the original- probably because Hemingway, who was the one to modify it, was pretty well known for loving a good drink. Legend goes, that Hemingway saw  the bartender whipping up a few classic daiquiris in the El Floridita, Havana, when he decided to try one- and then modified it to his liking. The most notable difference between the original daiquiri and Hemingway’s version was the exclusion of sugar, and the addition of an extra shot of rum.  In this version, instead of rum, we’ll be using Clique Vodka of course- it has a much cleaner, crisper taste when combined with fresh juices, and makes Hemingway’s Daiquiri (Papa Doble), a bit  more palatable. Especially since we won’t be knocking back 16 of these in 1 sitting like him. No, this cocktail is perfect for leisurely sipping, and pretty easy to make, let’s make a :

Remove a few long strips of grapefruit zest using a vegetable peeler, and set them aside for garnishing. This recipe calls for 1/2 oz of fresh grapefruit juice- which about 1/4 of a grapefruit. You can cut the large fruit into pieces and use a standard citrus press, or use an old school juicer to juice one half at a time. Either way, like Hemingway- I doubt you’ll want just one of these tart tipples, so go ahead and juice the whole fruit either way.  Add 1/2 oz of the grapefruit juice, 2 oz Clique Vodka, 3/4 oz fresh lime juice, and 1/2 oz maraschino liqueur to a cocktail tin with ice and shake very well (If you prefer a bit of added sweetness, you can always throw in 1/2 oz simple syrup- 1 part sugar dissolved in 1 part water).

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish by twisting a strip of grapefruit zest into a spiral over top of the cocktail so the spray of oil falls in. Rub the oily skin around the outer rim and drop into the cocktail.

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