Inspired by El Floridita, Havana, Cuba
Cuba is still calling to me, almost a week after I left. Perhaps because I'm up to my eyeballs in photos, perhaps because it's one of the more nuanced places I've visited, perhaps because the food and drinks have stuck with me. Like say, the Daiquiri, I thought I had the Daiquiri figured out as an umbrella-clad cruise ship-going libation until I landed in Havana and had a Hemingway Daiquiri in Papa's place of choice, the El Floridita bar.
I won't bore you with the nuances of the Hemingway Daiquiri -- how it's unclear which rendition was Hemingway's preferred style and which the El Floridita concoction was. Instead, I thought it better to make my own than attempt to dissect the drinks already murky history. So, here it is: a Daiquiri with grapefruit and maraschino liqueur (like The Hemingway), which, if you haven't had it, makes it a more mature version of the classic. Yes, it's blended - as a shout out to how they serve it at El Floridita - but it's more of a slush situation than slurpee. I'm hoping we can make this frozen Daiquiri our mission: it does its part to give another definition to the Daiquiri and it's a delicious way to toast my travels on the island.
Fill a cocktail glass with a few cubes of ice and water and set aside to chill. Combine rum, grapefruit juice, Maraschino liqueur, lime juice, agave or simple syrup, and crushed ice in a blender and process until ice is broken up and mixture is slushy.
Throw out ice water, fill with daiquiri mixture, garnish with lime slices, and serve.