Ruby Cocktail

This Ruby cocktail is a drink made with many things I adore. I am also rather intrigued by it. While learning about it, I found several food and drink websites that claim this “fruit-centric drink”, which is at times referred to simply a “Ruby”, is made with vodka, Aperol, Saint Germain liqueur and ruby grapefruit, and was created by Tony Abou-Ganim – a professional bartender and author.

Ruby cocktail

Sex In The City Fame:

But in researching further, I also learned there is another similar cocktail Carrie and friends drank on Sex in the City back in the 90’s, post the whole Cosmo craze, called “The Ruby”. I thought these two drinks had to be the same, but apparently, I was wrong. Unlike the Ruby cocktail described above, the Sex in the City cocktail was simply called, “The Ruby“.  And although both drinks have the same base of red grapefruit juice and vodka, “The Ruby” was void of Aperol and Saint Germain and was garnished with a grapefruit slice as well as a signature sugared glass rim.

The producers of Sex in the City credit the Florida Citrus Commission for “The Ruby’s ” invention. Apparently, the Commission wanted to help increase the sale of grapefruit juice, so they persuaded the shows directors to feature the grapefruit-centered drink on Sex and the City as a replacement for the Cosmopolitans they typically drank. The stunning ruby-red color was what won over the directors and convinced them to feature it on the hit show.

Ruby cocktail

After its television debut, “The Ruby” went on to become so popular that apparently the catch phrases; “I Rubied out last night” and “I completely lost my Rubies“, became common. But I think I’m too old to know about that!

Truthfully, the origin of anything in the food and beverage world is often questionable, pinning down who created something first can often be challenging, if not impossible.  Perhaps this is just a chicken-and-the-egg situation. I’ve never seen a Ruby cocktail on a bar menu, and I don’t recall “The Ruby” from that iconic show, but either way, I discovered this lovely vodka based drink after reading about it and fell head over heels in love with its bold fruity flavor and subtle elderflower notes.

Recipe: Ruby Cocktail

: 1 : 10 min : : 10 min : easy


  • 1 1/2 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Aperol
  • 3/4 ounce Saint Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 3/4-1 ounce freshly squeezed ruby grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon pasteurized egg white
  • grapefruit twist, for garnish


  • Step 1 Chill a small coup glass in the freezer.
  • Step 2 While the glass is chilling, using a cocktail shaker, add the vodka, Aperol, Saint Germain, grapefruit juice, lime juice and egg white, dry shake, vigorously for about 30 seconds until the mixture is nice and frothy.
  • Step 3 Add a handful of ice and wet shake, vigorously, for about 20 seconds. Double strain into the prepared cocktail glass.


About the Author

Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

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