Hemingway Daiquiri | How to Drink

By Brian Lemay 100 comments

– This is How To Drink, the show about making cocktails
and how to drink them. I’m Greg, and I have never
been a professional bartender. I’ve never even had a job in a bar. I don’t worry too much about
precision and technique, because at the end of the day, if the drink you like is in the glass, you did it right. Let’s get going. Today we’re partnered up with Luxardo to bring to you a Hemingway daiquiri, my favorite style of daiquiri. It’s a little bit drier,
a little less sweet. It’s got some grapefruit
in there, some Maraschino. What it isn’t is a thing in
a big, tall hurricane glass that is served from a blender,
made with strawberries. Not a blended frozen daiquiri, but an old-school daiquiri, made even better by Ernest Hemingway, author of the Old Man and the Sea. Boy, he’s a depressing author. A Farewell to Arms, have you read that? (whispering) Oh my God. Oh, that book, what a downer. Well, let’s have a drink,
and forget all about that. So, the story goes that
Ernest Hemingway had diabetes, and so wanted to come up
with a less sweet version of his favorite drink, the daiquiri. And as a result, he turned to Maraschino. So we’re gonna start up here with a quarter ounce pour of Maraschino. A little bit goes quite a
long way in almost any drink. I need a quarter ounce
of grapefruit juice. Okay, so a quarter ounce
of grapefruit juice. And in that goes. Now I need three quarters
of an ounce of lime juice. And this lime is dry. This is only a quarter ounce of a lime. It’s not it’s fault. You know, it’s not every
lime is up to the job, you know what I mean? Three quarters of an ounce
of lime juice in my tin. Oh, thank you, mysterious hand. This orange got away. We have a mysterious hand under the table. And we’ve need a white rhum
agricole, from Martinique. There’s a misnomer that
white rum is white because it’s un-aged or something like that. But that’s not true. It’s actually, typically it’s aged and then filtered for clarity. It’s strictly an appearance issue. Much like adding blue curacao to a drink, which is just curacao dyed blue. If you prefer a darker rum, if
you have a rum of preference, you should definitely use that rum. I’m gonna pour in two ounces. Our drink is built. We need to shake this thing and serve it so we can it into our bodies. So we’re gonna crack some
ice into our big tin. I’m not very good at this. I recently had a question
online about how to do, and I said, edit out you
looking like an idiot. I’m gonna serve this
drink in my favorite cup. I suggest you serve it
in your favorite cup. Hey, this drink doesn’t
always call for a garnish, but if I was gonna garnish
it, maybe a lime wheel would be the way to go. There you go, that looks
like a right drink. And there we have it, a Hemingway daiquiri made with Luxardo’s Maraschino. Let’s see how we did. Mmm. Smells so good. Oh my God. It tastes like a farmer’s market. That’s incredible. That is the freshest tasting, I mean, it like… The smell is fresh-cut grass, nature… It’s just fresh. I don’t know what else to describe it as, other than fresh. It just smells awesome. Mmm. That is a clean, crisp, delicious daiquiri. That’s what it is. A very sophisticated, very good daiquiri. For me personally, my tastes,
this is my daiquiri of choice. Thank you so much for watching the show. It’s been… It’s a lot of fun making drinks for you. We’re doing all these tiki drinks. They are very high proof,
and I have to drink them all. And I hope you subscribe
if you like the show. And you know, tell some
people that it’s a good show, and they should watch it, too. We’ve been presented to you, very graciously by Luxardo
and Anchor Distilling. See you guys next week with another drink. I’m gonna, I’m gonna finish this guy up, and then I’m gonna take a nap.



Jul 7, 2017, 8:14 am Reply

I personally like it with more grapefruit juice an some more sugar. But I don't have diabetes, so….


Jul 7, 2017, 12:08 am Reply

As always great episode ! I am always waiting for your next drink!

Common Man Cocktails

Jul 7, 2017, 12:39 am Reply

hey, we should do a collab vid just saying…

Benny Andrew

Jul 7, 2017, 2:57 am Reply

So how much do you spend on alcohol a month

Emma Hollen

Jul 7, 2017, 6:26 am Reply

I discovered your channel recently and I love it! Everything is perfect, from the set to the editing, lighting, recipes, text, etc. You rock man, keep up the good work and nice looks 😉
Cheers from Paris

Daniel Davis

Aug 8, 2017, 10:42 pm Reply

These are so well-edited. Love the pace. Keep this up, please.

Niek van de Pas

Aug 8, 2017, 3:53 am Reply

Unfortunately Rhum Agricole is quite hard to come by here in The Netherlands. Do you think substituting with Cachaça would work? Any Cachaça recommendations? Thanks!

Yee Chow

Aug 8, 2017, 4:38 am Reply

hahha its not lime`s fault

Joe Pickthall

Sep 9, 2017, 11:58 pm Reply

Love the drink. Love your channel !

patrick pankratz

Oct 10, 2017, 9:24 am Reply

can you do a mojito?

David Stapleton

Nov 11, 2017, 5:00 pm Reply

someone asked me for a "hemingway shot" the other night which he said is a thing.  Have you ever heard of this? and if so know the recipe?


Nov 11, 2017, 2:08 pm Reply

Man this guy looks like Jim Jeffries

Morgan Childs

Nov 11, 2017, 6:57 pm Reply

Hold the ice cube in your hand and find the flattest side, then don't be shy… crack the very centre of it good and hard with your bar spoon, it should shatter, but you will be holding all the ice in your hand.

mantis JK

Nov 11, 2017, 10:53 pm Reply

Ok. this channel needs more subscribers now. love, love, love your content.

Dorian Xanyn

Nov 11, 2017, 4:06 am Reply

The sun also rises is my favourite of his


Nov 11, 2017, 4:17 am Reply

Luxardo can thank you for a new customer

Ian Dyer

Nov 11, 2017, 7:56 pm Reply

You're what I always wished tipsy bartender would mellow into. Thank you. Also, check out the Whisk(e)y Vault channel.

Emmanuel Alejandro

Nov 11, 2017, 9:26 pm Reply

Wow this is a well-made video. I like how it's done. For a request to make a drink, make a video on Cuban drinks like the El Presidente or the Nacional. Keep up the great work.

Not Enuff Limes

Nov 11, 2017, 11:40 pm Reply

How cold do you need to chill your glass for it to acquire a glow like that?

Cyrano Buckminster

Nov 11, 2017, 9:51 pm Reply

Is the mysterious hand under the table the reason you always look so happy when you're mixing drinks?


Nov 11, 2017, 12:42 am Reply

Any more grapefruit goodness? I'm always a fan of drinks with grapefruit juice in it


Nov 11, 2017, 3:11 am Reply

Is that a seiko SKX007 on your wrist?

The Count of Tuscany

Dec 12, 2017, 2:53 am Reply

i wonder what else happens down there under the bar….


Dec 12, 2017, 8:02 am Reply

In Spanish speaking countries, it is pronounced: da-KIR-ee…

Carlos Rodriguez

Dec 12, 2017, 7:41 am Reply

Hemingway did pathos like no one else. And you, Greg, do old school drinks like nobody else. Real daiquiris are clean and refreshing. Kudos

Victor Bustillos

Dec 12, 2017, 1:08 pm Reply

Hand under the table huh? You know what else’s is under the table? Your lower half. You know what else we don’t see? You wearing pants. Handjob while filming confirmed!

No but seriously jokes aside that drink looks good! You’re doing an awesome job and keep em coming!

Jesper Johannesson

Dec 12, 2017, 5:27 pm Reply

So i have a Angostura 1919, would that work in this drink instead of the clear rum ?

Dylan Robertson

Dec 12, 2017, 2:21 am Reply

Intro is longer than the content

Wascally Wabbit

Dec 12, 2017, 7:10 am Reply

Just found this channel. LOVE IT!! lol. Get yer drink on! 🙂

Ryan Phelan

Dec 12, 2017, 11:11 pm Reply

You should do a gimlet video. Can't believe you haven't made one yet


Dec 12, 2017, 1:33 am Reply

Crack the ice in the palm of your hand, you get it all while still having control and not making a mess. 🙂

H. W.

Dec 12, 2017, 1:09 pm Reply

I wish I had a mysterious hand under my table ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Andrew Malloy

Dec 12, 2017, 7:32 am Reply

Coming from a bartender thats passionate about cocktails the "right way," your videos are refreshing (sweet pun) and original and thankfully― useful.

John W

Jan 1, 2018, 4:34 pm Reply

Great drink, will be my weapon of choice this new year's day.

Dylan Clark

Jan 1, 2018, 9:15 pm Reply

mysterious hand under the table ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Alexandre Colas-Jeffery

Jan 1, 2018, 10:27 pm Reply

Hey! Just a little historical/cultural pointer on Rhum Agricole (or "Agrikol" in creole). The difference between Agricole rhum and normal rhum is similar to what separates a London Dry gin to an Aromatic gin : the Agricole rhum has no spices nor aromates, it is 'pure rhum'. Whereas normal rhum, it has spices and aromates that makes the taste more complex. It was developed in islands such as Haïti and Martinique a long time ago.

Great video


Joshua Bundschuh

Jan 1, 2018, 1:35 am Reply

im 16 and i havent drinken a whole lot over my life but i love this shoe and wish i could make some of these

Coy Goy

Jan 1, 2018, 2:18 am Reply

So glad you’re growing now!

Edward Deaney

Jan 1, 2018, 11:33 pm Reply

This looks amazing, and your review of it has made me instantly want one. Next time I get the chance, I’m having one!

James Morgan

Jan 1, 2018, 3:00 am Reply

Awesome videos man! Not pretentious, just a bloke who loves his drinks!!!

Rodolfo Ribeiro Gonçalves

Jan 1, 2018, 9:38 pm Reply

You should make capirinha if you

Joel Price

Jan 1, 2018, 2:56 am Reply

his face as the orange rolled away killed me you looked so just disappointed with it hehehe

Jesse Costa

Jan 1, 2018, 5:36 pm Reply

Ok ok… lol do you REEEEEALLY finish every drink you make for these videos? ? I guess it would be pretty bad policy to not finish them. Can’t waste booze man

Tom Matheson Coles

Jan 1, 2018, 2:18 pm Reply

love these videos, but i dont get the intros? sometimes it says hes never worked in a bar at all which seems like he doesnt know what hes doing, then he says hes been a bartender apprentice and knows alot of about bars. I dont get it, does he have alot of experience or not?


Jan 1, 2018, 2:27 am Reply

Greg, is that watch a Seiko SKX007?


Jan 1, 2018, 11:37 am Reply

Agricole rhum probably works well in that drink but let me recomend other white:ish rums like Brugal's white one or perhaps even a Cuban one like Havana Club 3 years one (yellow:ish). I guess that last one is probably the one that Hemingway actually drank? …at least when he was visitng La Bodegita del medio in Havana 😉

Jackie Bartolome

Feb 2, 2018, 4:29 am Reply

Just subscribed and I'm hooked. Love the videos…. Makes me want to make some cocktails. Will definitely try a few I just saw. ??

justin soucie

Mar 3, 2018, 10:16 pm Reply

Your video quality is top notch. You should honestly be posting more videos though. There's too many amazing cocktails that need your attention!


Mar 3, 2018, 10:26 pm Reply

1:46 I wonder what the hand is doing under the table ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)


Mar 3, 2018, 6:36 am Reply

Clear rum, ice, and grapefruit (ideally pink grapefruit). Been done in Puerto Rico for the past 80 years.

Garlic Girl

Apr 4, 2018, 2:17 am Reply

LOOOOOOOOL! You are too much! The look on your face…"Oooops!" Love it.

Kolt Johnson

Apr 4, 2018, 8:47 am Reply

G'day Greg. Kia Ora from New Zealand. This was the video that got me into cocktails. The literary and film references are great. You've got a whole host of guys out there who are trying to copy your format and they're falling flat on their asses. I can't wait for the next season. Keep up the passion, keep going for the stuff that inspires you. That's what keeps the new people coming to check it out. Love the classics and the Tiki. Look to NZ if you want to go way out for cocktail inspiration – cool stuff to be found here! Horopito, Kawakawa, manuka, pohutakawa, we've got those next level flavours! Cheers buddy.

Rob Melville

May 5, 2018, 10:31 pm Reply

I recently went out to purchase what I needed for this and I couldn't find any Luxardo at the liquor store. Do you know of any possible substitutes I could look for?

Jalon Fonseca

May 5, 2018, 1:01 am Reply

Speaking of coupe…why do chicken coops have two doors?

Because if they had four doors, they'd be chicken sedans!!

Okay well the joke works better verbally so I don't have to spell it.


May 5, 2018, 6:35 am Reply

A Farwell to Arms – and LEGS (I always called it!). Glad that dry and disappointing lime got a participation medal!


May 5, 2018, 3:19 pm Reply

Rhum agricole has a very distinctive taste, it's not just a matter of appearance.

Mathieu Léger

Jun 6, 2018, 11:00 pm Reply

If i use vodka instead of white rum can i still call it a daiquiri

Irf Ans

Jul 7, 2018, 5:15 am Reply

came here because bartender anime. subscribed!

Alexander Chepurnoy

Jul 7, 2018, 4:15 pm Reply

IBA says it should be 0.75 grapefruit and 0.25 lime juice, but I like your version better 🙂

William Arenas

Jul 7, 2018, 7:57 pm Reply

Where do you get the Rhum Agricole? I've been wanting some Clement from Martinique but I can't find any domestic markets that carry it

Evon Goodman

Aug 8, 2018, 9:24 pm Reply

You missed a great opportunity to say "Thank you, Thing."


Aug 8, 2018, 11:14 pm Reply

White rum is not only white because of filtering. Many times white rum is aged in steel instead of wooden barrels. No wood. No brown or gold color.

JZ Gurung

Aug 8, 2018, 10:18 am Reply

Can u replace grapefruit with like passion puree or lychee or cranberry and make it fruity daiquiri?

D Turner

Aug 8, 2018, 10:30 pm Reply

Love the shirt dude

Jasper Fulcher

Aug 8, 2018, 6:12 am Reply

You sir are an AMERICAN treasure

Cranberry Gaming

Aug 8, 2018, 7:56 pm Reply

What is that mysterious hand doing? Hmmmmmmm


Sep 9, 2018, 4:21 pm Reply

Asked for one of these when out the other night; in fact I showed them this exact recipe. Liked it, but the combination of grapefruit juice and lime juice together I found to be just too savage on my throat. One is fine but definitely couldn't drink them all night. Unfortunate because I felt pretty cool when drinking it!

Armani Nguon

Dec 12, 2018, 12:55 am Reply

A fell well to arms got me so angry. It's like a Whamo! In the end.

Jack Towers

Dec 12, 2018, 11:19 pm Reply

Highly recommend putting mint in the squeezer when you juice the limes for a welcome kiss of mint

Kyle Rozek

Dec 12, 2018, 1:12 am Reply

Missed the perfect opportunity to say "Thank you, Thing" when you were handed the orange.

Matt Marsh

Dec 12, 2018, 5:05 am Reply

missed a Adams family joke


Jan 1, 2019, 10:05 am Reply

Made it, loved it, and now I'm drunk on it 5 star drink and I'm No expert.

Steven McBrien

Jan 1, 2019, 12:00 am Reply

OK, I've watched a couple of your vids now, no point in fighting it… subbed!

Hillbilly Hippie Weirdo

Jan 1, 2019, 2:58 am Reply

Hey! First of all, love Love LOVE your shows!! Always entertaining! Second, my 40th birthday is coming up in a week & a half. My family & friends are having my party at this great little bar down the road. I love bourbon. Any suggestions for a bourbon based drink for my big day? Thanks in advance!


Jan 1, 2019, 2:27 pm Reply

Huge Hemingway fan here, so this cocktail is one of my favs. Great video! I, er, have a “source” for Cuban Havana Club and I’ve been making my daiquiris with their 3 year rum. However, I love that you used Rhum agricole. No wonder yours tasted incredibly fresh! I’m definitely going to try it that way. Thanks!

Tyler Ramos

Feb 2, 2019, 2:01 pm Reply

It's pronounced "marashino" not "maraskeeno"


Feb 2, 2019, 1:37 am Reply

I see AA group therapy in your future.

Jacob Burdine

Feb 2, 2019, 7:13 am Reply

0:52 that not-so-subtle shift of the picture frame really has me curious

Alia Phoenix

Feb 2, 2019, 6:35 pm Reply

I hate The Old Man and the Sea, absolutely despise it. Idk why, I just hate it.

Shiyao Lin

Feb 2, 2019, 6:11 am Reply

I saw Havana club?,how come!?

Koala Crusher

Feb 2, 2019, 6:16 am Reply

do you think you can use clement vsop rhum here?

Brian Sweed

Feb 2, 2019, 7:13 am Reply

My favorite drink.

Sarunas J

Mar 3, 2019, 7:28 am Reply

mysterious hand explains all the spilled drinks… for whatever reason I always thought of you as needing 2 mysterious hands… huh.

Fionn Mc Causland

Mar 3, 2019, 11:23 pm Reply

Hemingway daquiri will blow your head off lol

Fernando Diaz

Mar 3, 2019, 8:30 pm Reply

I like your videos, your close-ups, excellent camera work. But the recipe that Leandro from The Educated Barfly shows, suits muy taste better. The ratios use more grapefruit juice and Luxardo Marraschino so it's less dry/numb, more flavorful.

Alejandro Medina

Apr 4, 2019, 2:41 am Reply

Me reading the very last pages of
"A farewell to arms":
– What the hell Hemingway???

free tay k

Apr 4, 2019, 9:23 pm Reply

This is my favorite drink to sit and think to


Apr 4, 2019, 11:48 pm Reply

How much does a Heming weigh?

Alias Luiriel

May 5, 2019, 1:10 am Reply

“Mysterious hand under the table”

DA dwagon

May 5, 2019, 3:00 am Reply

Rum is good

Nodel Oliver

May 5, 2019, 12:46 pm Reply

The Hemmingway Daiquiri- featuring Thing from The Addams Family.

Inaara Z

May 5, 2019, 11:31 pm Reply

I thought this said Highway Daiquiri and now I really want you to make whatever drink that might be

Matthew A

Jun 6, 2019, 5:33 am Reply

Hemingway is a depressing author and his family is depressing as well. Just the other day I was reading about how his dad, his sister, his brother, and himself all died by suicide. It’s sad how mental illness/dysfunction can run in families. This video has inspired me to finally buy some maraschino liqueur, so that’s a plus! ?

Double D

Jul 7, 2019, 1:58 am Reply

Bravo, just got to pick up some agricole now….and a grapefruit 😉

pippo spano

Jul 7, 2019, 7:57 pm Reply

funny how Hemingway was concerned about diabetes while he was otherwise entirely disregarding his own safety -and taking massive injury each other day, apparently.


Aug 8, 2019, 2:08 am Reply

just 1 mysterious hand, the other is busy

Henry Burby

Sep 9, 2019, 2:50 am Reply

Man, Greg is just WASTED in this one…

Sean Goldie

Sep 9, 2019, 1:22 pm Reply

"and we're gonna start here with a quarter ounce of maraschino… a little bit goes quite a long way"
pours at least 3/4 oz

Coyoame Huarte

Oct 10, 2019, 5:24 pm Reply

cool yo can broke the ice whit a steel muggler nice video bro


Nov 11, 2019, 6:41 pm Reply

"Thank you, thing" was what I expected

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