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The Rambler’s Ruby – A Tiki Cocktail

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Last Updated on June 8, 2023 by Leah Hall

A fabulous Tiki drink with gin and mezcal 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 in this mezcal cocktail. This creates 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 Cocktail?

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.

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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 this gin and mezcal cocktail (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.


What Ingredients are Needed for the Rambler’s Ruby Cocktail?

  • Rambler’s Ruby Cocktail
    • Gin
    • Brulee’d Grapefruit wheels
    • Allspice Dram
    • Angostura Bitters
    • Lime juice
    • Grapefruit juice
    • Mezcal
    • Cinnamon simple syrup
    • Brandied cherries
    • Orgeat
  • Cinnamon Simple Syrup
    • Sugar
    • Water
    • Cinnamon Sticks


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.


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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.

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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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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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The Rambler's Ruby - A Tiki Cocktail

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

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.


Rambler's Ruby


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.


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 370Total Fat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 14mgCarbohydrates: 36.4gFiber: 0.2gSugar: 24.2gProtein: 0.1g

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Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours

Sunday 4th of February 2018

What a fabulous drink and so stunningly presented. One of these would have me longing for a tropical destination. I do like a good dash of Angostura Bitters - it always adds another interesting dimension.

The 'Noms.

Thursday 8th of February 2018

Thanks so much! We had fun with this one! Bitters are the salt and pepper of the cocktail world!


Friday 2nd of February 2018

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!!

The 'Noms.

Thursday 8th of February 2018

Right?! They are the best, and we are so into them right now! I love the tiki mugs, and you totally need to make them, stat!

Amy Nash

Friday 2nd of February 2018

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!

The 'Noms.

Thursday 8th of February 2018

I agree - this weather has been so ugh! I just love the mugs, too! I want to drink everything out of them! Cheers!

Amanda Biddle (@StripedSpatula)

Friday 2nd of February 2018

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. :)

The 'Noms.

Thursday 8th of February 2018

LOL! I need the snow to go away! What's in my cup fixes it!


Thursday 1st of February 2018

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!

The 'Noms.

Thursday 8th of February 2018

Thanks! I think the gin and mezcal go so well together, I hope you try this out, and I hope the hubs loves it too! Cheers!

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