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The Mama Doble: My Version of the Hemingway Daiquiri Cocktail.

By: Maren Swanson • September 4th, 2018
Mama Doble Cocktail (My verion of the Hemingway Daiquiri)

The first time I ordered a Hemingway Daiquiri at a bar, I was completely taken aback by its presentation. Wasn’t a daiquiri supposed to be blended? Yes, usually they are, but this special cocktail was modified to appeal to the late and incredibly famous author, Ernest Hemingway.
Ruby Red Grapefruit

According to cocktail history, Hemingway wandered into the La Floridita Bar in Cuba and was served a daiquiri. He liked the drink but wanted it made with double the rum and no sugar. That’s how the Hemingway Daiquiri, aka Papa Doble was created. Hemingway was often referred to as ‘Papa’ in Cuba and doble means double (double the rum), so you can see how both names work for this drink.

Even though my Hemingway Daiquiri was served shaken, not blended that day, I loved it nonetheless. It has definitely become my favorite rum cocktail. I love it so much so, that I had to modify it a little to my tastes – “Maren style.” I call my version of this historic cocktail the Mama Doble. It's very similar to the Hemingway Daiquiri aka Papa Doble, but I used ruby red grapefruit juice instead of regular grapefruit juice and a grapefruit simple syrup. I also garnished this drink with candied grapefruit. It’s all about NO WASTE. I used 1 ruby red grapefruit to create 3 different ingredients (grapefruit juice, grapefruit simple syrup, candied grapefruit), all creating the Mama Doble drink!

Grapefruit Simple Syrup

And it doesn’t bother me at all that the drink now sports a slightly pinkish-peach cocktail color. Can you blame me? I challenge you to make this cocktail because I’m confident you will love it, too. It’s freakin’ awesome. I swear. Serve it shaken extra cold in your favorite coupe cocktail glass and nibble on the delicious candied grapefruit peel as you enjoy it. Perhaps flip through a good novel? You know which author to pick.

Mama Doble Cocktail


  • 2 oz light rum
  • 1 oz ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz maraschino liqueur
  • *1/2 oz grapefruit simple syrup
  • ice

  • Garnish:
  • Candied Grapfruit. To make, use drained peels from making the simple syrup below and place on a drying rack for 2 - 4 hours. Toss in sugar.
  • Ruby Red Grapefruit Simple Syrup:

    *Bring 1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar, and the peels of 1 ruby red grapefruit to a boil. Turn to a low simmer for five minutes. Turn off heat and wait until cool. Strain peels out liquid (can be used to make candied grapefruit - see above.) and keep refrigerated in an air tight container for up to one week.


    Layer ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for 10 seconds. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with candied grapefruit

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