ABQ-Live Mixologist splashes in some summertime cocktails for you to enjoy!
Story by Daniel Gonzales, ABQ-Live Mixologist
Photography by Kori Kobayashi
Summertime is the perfect time to have some refreshing cocktails with friends gathered around the pool or the grill, and there is nothing more satisfying than some beautiful rum cocktails. Bacardi rum can be found in pretty much every bar you go to, and the history of the company is a story of perseverance and intrigue that has driven tales of debauchery from Ernest Hemingway to Girls Gone Wild. One of my favorite stories is that of the Hemingway Daiquiri.
It is said that Ernest Hemingway was on his way to the bathroom in a famous bar in Cuba and saw the setting up a line of Bacardi daiquiris, Hemingway slowed down and grabbed one, he told the bartender to make the cocktail with twice the rum and no sugar. This creation may have been fine for the diabetic Papa Doble, but for the average bar guest, it would be a miserable experience. Eventually, the cocktail evolved into one that contained light rum, fresh lime and grapefruit juice, sugar, and a maraschino liqueur.
In honor of Hemingway’s original request, my first creation is a variation of the Hemingway Daiquiri, which I have named The Hemingway Marnier. Summertime is a time to relax and enjoy yourselves and your loved ones; I hope these cocktails help you do so. Please be safe and always drink with caution. Salud!