Bourbon Hemingway

a bourbon cocktail in a crystal glass on an old board

Who doesn’t love a good cocktail? Especially one that is refreshing on a hot summer day or also enjoyed with dinner with grilled meats such as steak, pork or even BBQ Chicken. I love this Bourbon Hemingway with my Tasty Steak Burger recipe. This refreshing Bourbon Hemingway is great when shared with other bourbon lovers or when introducing someone to bourbon.

I am more of a bourbon purist and don’t enjoy it mixed too often but this drink found its way into my recipe book because of a genuinely good blend of flavors. Everything in it complements the bourbon and doesn’t take away from it which is why I like it so much.

If you’re a bourbon fan give this drink a try. I think you will love it just as much as I do.

You will need the following for this recipe, and you may already have most of them:

Bourbon! I used Cooper’s Craft Reserve for this recipe, but you what you like best. If you know me, I’m kind of a bourbon purest which to me means Neat or an ice cube depending on which bourbon it is. I wouldn’t mix a very high end bourbon such as Pappy Van Winkle but definitely a good mid level one. Woodford Reserve, Knob Creek, Russel’s or even Bulliett are great one’s to try.

Luxardo Cherry Liqueur, simple syrup, grapefruit juice, Lime Juice and a peel of grapefruit for garnish and if you want to really impress your guests add a Luxardo marinated Cherry too. Enjoy this refreshing cocktail but be careful, they go down easy! Cheers!

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a bourbon cocktail in a crystal glass on an old board

The Bourbon Hemingway Cocktail

A delicious summer cocktail made with a mix of bourbon, simple syrup, Luxardo Liqueur, lime and grapefruit juices.  It’s very refreshing especially on a patio in the early evening or with a nice meal hot off the grill. This drink is especially good paired with grilled meats such as beef, pork or BBQ chicken.

  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x



1 1/4 oz Bourbon (I used Coopers Craft Reserve)

1/2 oz Luxardo Cherry Liqueur

1/2 oz simple syrup

1/2 oz fresh grapefruit juice

1/2 oz fresh lime juice

grapefruit peel for garnish and/or a Luxardo marinated cherry


Place a handfull of ice cubed into a cocktail shaker and place all ingredients except the garnish into the shaker. Shake vigorously for 15 second. Pour over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with peel and/or cherry and enjoy!


You can use any bourbon you like but I would make it with a good average priced bourbon. Woodford Reserve, Knob Creek, Bulliett or even a good Rye would work for this drink.

  • Author: Chef Dave
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Category: drinks
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: drinks, alcohol, mixed drinks, cocktails,

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David Miller

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A retired chef of 27 years, I’m so excited to be able to share my love of cooking. My recipes are usually easy to follow, fresh, and simply delicious! Our kitchen is a gathering place where I love being with friends and family. A place filled with laughs, good conversation, great food, and a good glass of wine!

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