Greetings from the land of perpetual winter! While we have sighted a few harbingers of early spring, it has been an exceedingly cold March on the east coast, and it feels like warmer weather will never arrive. Lane's first little league game took place yesterday with sub-40 degree temperatures and a biting wind.
Josh and I have taken refuge from the cold in a drink that suggests the tropics. Although the name daiquiri might conjure images of a sweet, slushy drink, this version is not all that sweet, and it uses fresh citrus juice that is still in season.
The only ingredient that is a little unusual is Luxardo maraschino liqueur, but most well-stocked liquor stores will carry it. And once you invest in a bottle, you are well-positioned to make your own maraschino cherries once sour cherries are in season.
The fresh lime juice has a nice bite, which is softened a little by the grapefruit juice and the maraschino liqueur. It it refreshing and tropical-tasting at the same time. And it's a beautiful pale-pink color (thanks to the grapefruit). So if you are as depressed about the recent cold weather as I am, or even if you're not, I'd recommend mixing up a Hemingway daiquiri tonight!
Hemingway Daiquiri (adapted from Speakeasy)
1 3/4 ounces white rum (we like Cruzan or Flor de Cana)
3/4 ounce Luxardo maraschino liqueur
1 ounce lime juice
3/4 ounce grapefruit juice
1/4 ounce simple syrup
1 cherry for garnish (optional)
Pour liquid ingredients into shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with cherry and dream about warmer temperatures.