When you stop doing things for fun, you might as well be dead.

While exploring downtown Melbourne, Australia recently, we came across a hole-in-the-wall upper level pub in South Yarra with a local energy called Katuk (highly recommend). We scoured the drink menu as we were tired of drinking Australian beer. I don't usually drink cocktails, but one caught my eye. It was called "The Hemingway" made with Cuban Rum and grapefruit. I ordered it, and immediately fell in love. I had found my new favorite cocktail. So I thought I'd share the recipe with you here. It's fall here in Australia, rainy, cold, and my daily uniform has turned into (the dreaded) pants, sweaters, rain boots, and wool socks. I will however pretend my life is one perpetual summer, drink this pink drink in a warm brick pub while it's raining outside, and imagine I'm back in the Florida Keys (at the Green Parrot). 

So anyway, we came home and researched how The Hemingway is made, and winded up reading all about Hemingway, his life, and his literary work that evening.  He spent most of his life, post-war in Paris, The Belgian Congo (where he got into a plane crash), fly fishing in Montana, Key West, and Cuba. He was a womanizer, cat lover, and brilliant writer. What's not to love. 

We modified the "original" recipe by using concentrated Raspberry juice (Made from Tasmanian Raspberries!) instead of simple syrup and Sugar Cane liqueur instead of Maraschino liqueur (too expensive here in Aussie land). Hemingway also did not have simple syrup with his, but most people add it to cut the acidity of the drink a little. My husband, who modified the recipe, is a genius. And the Cuban Rum is some of the best rum I've ever had- possibly the best- seriously. I did however miss having access to the BEST grapefruit juice in the WORLD from Indian River County. Shout out to all my readers in IRC, Florida, USA! Drink some grapefruit or orange juice for me.


1.5 oz cuban rum (white rum)
1/4 oz Sugar Cane liqueur (Maraschino liqueur can be substituted)
1/2 oz Grapefruit juice (fresh not concentrate)
3/4 oz lime juice (fresh squeezed)
3/4 oz Raspberry juice concentrate (any simple syrup)

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Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice(or army Nalgene as my husband is demonstrating above. haha!)Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add cherry or grapefruit piece to the bottom of the glass. Garnish by squeezing a freshly cut grapefruit rind piece over the drink and place in cocktail. You can also serve this drink frozen as shown in the first photo- just add 1 cup of ice to the blender. 

Happy Weekend! 
Go do something fun!