The Rambler’s Ruby – A Tiki Cocktail

Close up of a pair of tiki glasses filled with The Rambler's Ruby, a tiki cocktail garnished with brandied cherries and a bruleed grapefruit.

A fabulous gin and mezcal Tiki Cocktail, that takes away the winter doldrums!




When you hear the word Tiki, you typically think of being served a sweet rum soaked cocktail full of fruit (and we love those!) but as more folks explore the world of Tiki, all kinds of drinks are being created using more than just rum! This has opened up lots of new opportunities for what might be the king of summer spirits, gin!




Refreshingly crisp and full of refreshing citrus flavors, gin offers a great flavor canvas to start layering lots of tropical flavors on to create a myriad of Tiki drinks! For the Rambler’s Ruby we combine the herbal citrus of gin with the smokey bite of mezcal to create a delightful spiced sipper that is sure to open your mind up to the world of gin Tiki drinks!




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a pair of tiki glasses filled with The Rambler's Ruby, a tiki cocktail garnished with brandied cherries and a bruleed grapefruit.

Tiki Mugs



A Gin and Mezcal Tiki?

Gin isn’t your typical spirit you turn to when you think of paradise, but in reality it has long had a history of being found in tropical locales thanks to being required provisions on the ships of the Royal Navy as they headed out on their voyages to far flung corners of the world. Long thought of as part the cure for scurvy and malaria, Royal Navy sailors carried their gin to their port of calls and soon gin was the spirit to turn to in summery weather where it inevitably found its way into cocktails!





A pair of tiki glasses full of The Rambler's Ruby, a tiki cocktail made with Gin and Mezcal.




What Other Flavors to add?

We combined the gin with a nice Oaxacan mezcal. Mezcal and Gin is a fun flavor combination, as the hints of fruit, spice and smoke of the mezcal is brought out by the bright hints of citrus and botanicals from the gin.




Add in a splash of Allspice dram (Hey we have our own Homemade Allspice Dram right here!) to layer in a rich layer of warm baking spice and a slight hint of bitterness, and the combination of spirits makes for a flavor sure to tease your tongue!





a pair of tiki glasses filled with The Rambler's Ruby, a tiki cocktail garnished with brandied cherries and a bruleed grapefruit.

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Tiki Flavors

No Tiki drink is complete with out some fresh fruit juice, and for this we went with some fresh squeezed Ruby Red grapefruit and lime juices. Grapefruit is a great juice to use with gin (in fact, not only are the flavors very complimentary, but many gins use some form of grapefruit to impart one of those citrus flavors that make gin so special!)




Add in a bit of fresh lime that pairs well with both mezcal and gin (ever hear of the Gimlet?) and you have a whole bunch of flavors that make great playmates. One of the real secrets of tiki is layering in lots of flavors, and this combination of sweet tart grapefruit and lime brings for a rich layered citrus flavor that totally makes that famous Tiki flavor.




We need a little sweetness to bring everything into balance, so we add a little cinnamon syrup and orgeat. The rich warmth of the cinnamon syrup adds just the right amount of sweet and spice to balance out the tartness of the fresh squeezed juice and the bitterness of the allspice dram. We wanted to kick up the tropical flavor, which is where the orgeat comes in.




The toasted nutty sweetness of the orgeat adds a real mellow tropical note to the Rambler’s Ruby, plus adds a little silky smooth richness. A few dashes of Angostura Bitters and a dash of Scrappys Orleans Bitters rounds out the cocktail with a little more of that warm baking spice and complexity!




A pair of tiki glasses filled with The Rambler's Ruby, a tiki cocktail garnished with brandied cherries and a bruleed grapefruit.





Full of delicious layers of flavors, sweet, smokey and spicy, full of fruit and a crispness from the gin, the Rambler’s Ruby might just inspire you to take up a journey of your own into the world of Tiki! You should also try our Coconut Rum Painkiller!








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Other Tiki Cocktails

Strawberry Bearcat – Garden Cocktails

Scorpion Bowl – Martha Stewart

Mezcal Tiki – Imbibe

Mezcal Mai Tai – Oh So Beautiful Paper

Bad Hombre – Supercall





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The Rambler's Ruby - A Tiki Cocktail

This fantastic tiki cocktail has a lot of ingredients, but is a lovey combination of gin and mezcal, which are unusual in a tiki cocktail.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


Rambler's Ruby

  • .50 oz mezcal
  • .50 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • crushed ice
  • .50 oz cinnamon simple syrup
  • .50 oz orgeat
  • .50 oz freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 2 oz gin
  • Brulee'd Grapefruit wheels
  • .50 oz Allspice Dram
  • Brandied cherries

Cinnamon Simple Syrup

  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water


For the Cocktail

Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice.

Shake and strain over crushed ice.

Garnish with a brandied cherry and grapefruit wheel.


Cinnamon Simple Syrup

Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan.

Bring to a boil, making sure all sugar is dissolved.

Take off heat, put in cinnamon sticks and let steep for 15 minutes.

Take out cinnamon sticks and let cool.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 370 Total Fat: 0.1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 14mg Carbohydrates: 36.4g Fiber: 0.2g Sugar: 24.2g Protein: 0.1g


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44 thoughts on “The Rambler’s Ruby – A Tiki Cocktail

  1. You really take your cocktails seriously!!! I’ve never heard of orgeat before but now that I’ve looked it up, clearly I’m going to have to get some. My parents live in Key Largo — and they have a chickee hut on their property — I think we’ll be sipping this under the thatched roof very soon!

  2. Wow, this really looks delicious! I would never have thought to mix gin and mescal, so interesting I’m going to have to try this. Thanks for the info on all spice dram. That was very helpful. Cheers!

  3. You’re basically three for three for me! Gin, mezcal and grapefruit juice are some of my favourite cocktail ingredients! I love the tiki glasses, sure would be fun to throw a theme party with this cocktail in glasses like that!

  4. Mmm…you had me at the word tiki! I absolutely love tropical drinks. I can hardly wait to make this yumminess when company comes over this weekend. And those tiki glasses – they’re so darn adorable!!!

  5. These glasses are SO fun! And what a great idea mixing the gin and mezcal – two of my husband’s favorites! He’ll definitely love this one, I can’t wait to try it when it’s freezing out and pretend that we have our toes in the sand somewhere!

  6. These tiki mugs are so fun! I don’t think I’ve ever had orgeat syrup before, and now I need to have some in my cocktail making collection. I think this Rambler’s Ruby is exactly what I need to pretend that this cold winter weather is over. 🙂

  7. I have definitely been feeling the winter blues so I really appreciated this post! And those tiki cups themselves are just so fun and hilarious! Sounds delightful!

  8. We’ve never met a tiki cocktail we didnt love! and omg—I own these tiki tumblers….. I think combined with the fact that Gin is my alcohol of choice and that I own them its a sign I MUST make a batch!!

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