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Ancient Mariner Cocktail Recipe

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Last Updated on June 10, 2023 by Leah Hall

In typical tiki construction, this Ancient Mariner cocktail recipe was developed by Jeff Beachbum Berry. A split rum based cocktail, with light and dark rums and allspice dram is a winner!


This tropical cocktail has a split rum base, meaning part Jamaican rum, part demerara rum. It also has fresh citrus juices (lime and grapefruit), and allspice dram, which brings a depth of flavor to this tiki rum sour (because that is basically what this is!)

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What are the Origins of the Ancient Mariner Cocktail?

It’s a tiki drink created by Jeff “Beachbum” Berry and Annene Kaye. It first appeared in their 1998 drink guide Beachbum Berry’s Grog Log and is named after Coleridge’s 1798 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. This was in Berry’s words “by the time we finished with it, that’s how old we felt.”

Orange cocktail being strained into rocks glass with crushed ice Ancient Mariner cocktail being strianed from cocktail shaker into glass of crushed ice

During the process of trying to work out the secret ingredients in the Navy Grog, Jeff came up with this drink, which is alike, but still different from, the original.

Jeff is considered the man at the front of the Tiki Revival we are seeing today. He has revived long lost recipes and made drinks that had fallen out of favor, popular again. Jeff has also introduced a few drinks of his own, like the Ancient Mariner.

Orange cocktail in rocks glass with crushed ice, mint sprig

The Ancient Mariner can look like it may be a bit sweet, but when you have some you’ll find that it’s much drier than expected.  The sweetness of the rum and the sourness from the juice just blend together perfectly.


The combination of the Jamaican and Demerara rums mixed perfectly with the spice of the pimento dram. It’s a great refreshing and tropical cocktail.

Orange cocktail in rocks glass with crushed ice, mint sprig

Allspice Dram

The allspice dram adds great flavors to this drink. The allspice berry has the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, and clove all in one little peppery berry. We love to make our own, see the link before this, and you can too! But, you can also buy what is known as Pimento Dram, which is the same, and you don’t have to make it yourself!


We hope you try out this new classic cocktail, it is full of so much flavor from the rums and juices, and rounded out with the allspice dram, it’s a winner, and a great sipping rum cocktail!

Orange cocktail in rocks glass with crushed ice, mint sprig



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Ancient Mariner Cocktail Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This Ancient Mariner cocktail is a tiki drink, with rums, allspice dram and fruit juice, it's a winner for sure!



  1. Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake to combine.
  3. Strain into a glass wtih crushed ice.
  4. Garnish with lime and mint, if desired!
  5. Cheers!

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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 180Sodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 8.6gFiber: .4gSugar: 2.5gProtein: .2g

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