Ruby Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Ruby cocktail is a modern creation, inspired by the vibrant colors and flavors of ruby gemstones. This cocktail is perfect for those who appreciate a visually stunning and delicious drink. It is popular among young professionals and socialites, often served at high-end bars and exclusive events.

  • The Ruby cocktail is believed to have originated in the early 2000s
  • It quickly gained popularity due to its striking appearance and unique flavor profile
  • The cocktail is often associated with luxury and sophistication, making it a popular choice for special occasions

How Ruby Tastes?

The Ruby cocktail is a delightful mix of sweet, sour, and fruity flavors. The combination of raspberry, lime, and orange liqueur creates a refreshing and tangy taste, while the vodka adds a smooth and strong kick. The overall flavor profile is well-balanced, making it a popular choice for those who enjoy both sweet and sour cocktails.

Interesting facts about Ruby

  • The Ruby cocktail is named after the precious gemstone, which is known for its vibrant red color and symbolizes love, passion, and energy
  • The cocktail's bright red hue is achieved through the use of raspberry syrup or grenadine, which also adds a touch of sweetness to the drink
  • The Ruby cocktail is often garnished with fresh raspberries or a twist of lime, adding an extra pop of color and flavor to the drink


A few good options for Ruby are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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The 1.5 oz of vodka provide the cocktail's base and spiritous backbone, giving it a smooth and clean taste. Too little, and you'll miss the kick; too much, and your cocktail turns boozy and overpowering.

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Orange Liqueur

Half an ounce of orange liqueur introduces a citrusy sweetness, adding depth to the drink. It acts as a bridge between the sharp vodka and sweet raspberry, balancing the acidity. Without it, you'd lose complexity. Substituting with triple sec or Cointreau could add a more refined sugar edge.

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Raspberry Syrup

The 0.5 oz of raspberry syrup brings a vibrant color and a fruity note, enriching the cocktail's dimension. Less of it might make the cocktail too sharp, while more could overshadow the vodka. Raspberry liqueur could serve as an alternative, although it would potentially strengthen the alcohol content.

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Fresh Lime Juice

Also at 0.5 oz, the lime juice provides essential tartness, cutting through the sweetness and refreshing the palate. Too little will make the cocktail cloying, too much and it could become puckeringly sour. Lemon juice could substitute for a slightly different kind of zest.

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Club Soda

A 2 oz splash tops the cocktail, giving it effervescence and lightness. If omitted, the cocktail would feel flat. A tonic water could replace it for a touch of bitterness and more complexity.

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Fresh Raspberries

Three berries add aesthetic appeal and hint at the flavor profile before even taking a sip. They also subtly infuse the cocktail with their essence.

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Garnish: Lime Twist

Provides aromatic flair and a zesty visual accent. Skipping the garnish won’t affect the flavor much, but the absence of its aroma could make the initial sip less inviting.

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Recipe. How to make Ruby Drink

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the vodka, orange liqueur, raspberry syrup, and fresh lime juice
  2. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well until chilled
  3. Strain the mixture into a chilled glass filled with ice
  4. Top with club soda and gently stir to combine
  5. Garnish with fresh raspberries and a lime twist

Pro Tips

  • Chill your glass before pouring the cocktail to keep it cool longer.
  • Use fresh lime juice for a more vibrant flavor.
  • Shake the cocktail well to properly mix the ingredients and chill the drink.

Perfect Pairings


To complement the refreshing and fruity profile of the Ruby cocktail, opt for light appetizers like bruschetta or a shrimp cocktail.

Main Courses

Bold, yet not overpowering flavors are ideal. Pair with grilled chicken or salmon as the drink's citrus notes will harmonize well with these dishes.


The sweet and tart nature of the Ruby cocktail makes it a lovely accompaniment to desserts such as lemon tarts or raspberry sorbet.

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What you could change in Ruby

  • Vodka: Can be replaced with gin for a different flavor profile.
  • Orange Liqueur: Triple sec can be used as a substitute.
  • Raspberry Syrup: Grenadine or a homemade raspberry syrup can be used instead.

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And of course - twists🍹

Blueberry Bliss

Swap raspberry syrup for blueberry syrup and garnish with fresh blueberries. This twist introduces a more mellow berry flavor and a deeper blue hue.

  1. Replace raspberry syrup with blueberry syrup.
  2. Follow the original recipe, then garnish with fresh blueberries instead of raspberries.

Taste Profile: Expect a more subtle sweetness and a new berry complexity. Perfect for those who prefer their drinks a bit less tart.

Spicy Ruby

Add a small amount of jalapeño or a dash of hot sauce for a spicy kick.

  1. Muddle a slice of jalapeño in the shaker before adding the other ingredients.
  2. Proceed with the original recipe.

Taste Profile: The heat from the pepper contrasts with the drink's sweetness, offering a multisensory experience that's bound to intrigue spicy lovers.

Golden Sunset

Use grapefruit juice instead of lime juice and add a splash of grenadine for a rosy blush.

  1. Substitute lime juice with an equal amount of fresh grapefruit juice.
  2. After combining the cocktail, top with a splash of grenadine.

Taste Profile: This twist accents the bittersweet nature of grapefruit and the visual appeal is heightened by the sunset-like gradient created by the grenadine.

In case you forgot basics how to make Ruby

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

Learn everything on how to shake

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

Learn everything on how to strain

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

Learn everything on how to stir

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Ruby

What is the perfect occasion to enjoy a Ruby cocktail?

Ruby cocktail is a versatile drink perfect for special occasions and intimate gatherings. Its elegant presentation makes it a great choice for wedding receptions, birth celebrations, or a romantic dinner. Due to its fruity taste, it's also enjoyed as a refreshing summer cocktail.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Ruby cocktail?

Yes. You can replace vodka with non-alcoholic vodka or sparkling water, and the orange liqueur with an orange-flavored syrup, orange juice, or orange extract.

Is there a pre-made or a ready-to-drink version of the Ruby cocktail?

While there could be pre-made cocktails similar in flavor to Ruby, the unique freshness and balance of flavors in a handmade cocktail is usually unparalleled.

What food pairs well with Ruby cocktail?

Ruby cocktail's sweet and tangy flavor complements spicy dishes, grilled meats, and seafood. Its refreshing taste also makes it a good accompaniment to cheeses or creamy desserts.

What kind of vodka works best for Ruby cocktail?

A premium, smooth vodka is recommended to maintain the balance of flavors in Ruby cocktail. This allows the fruity flavors to shine through without being dominated by the taste of alcohol.

How to store the leftover ingredients, like raspberry syrup or orange liqueur?

Raspberry syrup and orange liqueur should be stored in a cool, dark place. Once opened, it's best to store them in the refrigerator and consume within a couple of weeks.

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