Hemingway in Europe

Patrick Williams, Punch Bowl Social | Denver

Batavia arrack “can be a good substitute for rum in classic drinks,” says Punch Bowl Social’s beverage director, Patrick Williams. The spirit is a close relative of rhum agricole, but with a funkier, “malty” finish. Here, Williams contrasts those flavors with super-tart grapefruit syrup, fresh lime and maraschino liqueur for a riff on the Hemingway Daiquiri.


Serving: 1

  • 1 1/2 ounces Batavia arrack
  • 1/4 ounce maraschino, preferably Luxardo
  • 3/4 ounces grapefruit syrup (see Editor's Note)
  • 3/4 ounces fresh lime juice

Garnish: sprig of thyme, grapefruit peel

  1. Shake all ingredients and strain into a chilled coupe.
  2. Garnish with thyme and grapefruit peel.
Editor's Note

Grapefruit Syrup:
1 grapefruit
1 cup sugar

Quarter grapefruit and squeeze juice into a bowl. Add the fruit and the juice to one cup of sugar per grapefruit. Let sit for at least 3 days, stirring the mixture each day. Strain out the fruit and stir remaining mixture. The syrup should be bitter, like you bit directly into the grapefruit.