2 oz Light rum
3⁄4 oz Lime juice
1 sli Lime (as garnish)

Shake, strain, straight up, coupe, garnish.


Some may need some simple. PDT recommends Banks 5 Island rum.


Originally posted as 2oz rum, 1/2oz Maraschino and Lime, 1 oz Grapefruit, 1/2oz simple. According to the PDT this version did not have additional sugar because Hemingway was a diabetic.

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Posted by Dan on 6/06/2010
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Bar La Florida
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authentic recipe

Bar La Florida Book, PDT Cocktail book p.141

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  • See Highball for slight difference.
  • Did 1/4 oz maraschino, 3/4 lime, 1/2 grapefruit, 1/2 simple. Willing to experiment. — ★★★★
  • 6 Rum, 2 Lime, 1 Maraschino, 1 Syrup, 3 Grapefruit Works quite well with Angostura 5yo — ★★★★
  • add: 1/2 oz simple syrup; Spring Break — ★★★★
  • Also tasty with rhum agricole blanc, though next time I might dial back the rhum and boost the grapefruit a touch. — ★★★★
  • 1.5 rum / 1 grapefruit / .5 lime / .5 Maraschino. Some might prefer .75 lime. Perfect. — ★★★★★
  • I enjoyed this with 1/4 oz simple syrup added. — ★★★★
  • From Speakeasy, 1 3/4 oz. 10 Cane rum, 3/4 oz. Luxardo maraschino liqueur, 1 oz lime juice, 3/4 oz. grapefruit juice, 1/4 oz. simple syrup.
  • I also prefer Hess' ratio, which is what Wayne has in his book. — ★★★★★
  • I like the Hess ratios: 1.5 oz rum, 0.25 oz maraschino, 0.5 oz grapefruit, 0.75 oz simple, 0.75 oz lime. — ★★★
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We substituted Aviation Gin for the rum at our restaurant for a Flying Hemingway variation and also changed the ratios to 1 1/2 oz gin, 1/2 oz simple, 3/4 oz grapefruit juice, 1/4 oz lime juice and 1/2 oz Marachino.

I thought it was interesting that when researching this drink, The PDT Cocktail book states that this was originally made without the simple syrup due to Hemmingway being a diabetic...hmm...rum is usually derived from some sort of sugar base so I thought that was an interesting comment.

Dan commented on 1/02/2012:

Thanks for pointing this out. I've updated the recipe to the authentic version referenced in PDT.

Dan commented on 2/24/2012:

Really great with a white agricole. You'd think that it would be too tart by looking at the recipe, but it isn't. It's just perfectly tart.

Dan commented on 4/30/2013:

No grapefruit on hand, so I:

1 1/2 oz Wray & Nephew Overproof rum
1/2 oz Maraschino
1/4 oz Campari
1/4 oz Aperol
1 oz lime juice


Made this with a 2:1 mix of Wray & Nephew and Barbancourt 5 Star. Perfection.

1.5 oz rum
1 oz grapefruit
.5 oz lime
.5 oz Luxardo Maraschino

jaba commented on 1/31/2014:

Holy f**k Dan. You need to give this drink a name. I haven't made the original Hemingway yet, but it's going to be hard to convince me it's better than your version here. It's worth anyone buying W&N just to make this.