Ruby Can´t Fail


14. July 2014 by swizzzlestick

Ruby Can´t Fail is such a wonderful drink by award-winning bartender Julian de Feral who has worked in some of London´s leading bars. Hopefully he forgives me that I garnished the drink with brandied cherries, which I made with my beloved Eva a few weeks ago, instead of using a grapefruit zest twist.


1 and 3/4 oz. Gin, 2 TS Ruby Port, 2 TS Fino Sherry, 1 dash Orange Bitters, 2 dashes Grapefruit Bitters, 3 TS Lime Juice, 3 TS Sugar Syrup, garnish: 2 Brandied Cherries (the original asks for a Grapefruit Zest Twist).


Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with brandied cherries.

Ruby Can´t Fail


6 thoughts on “Ruby Can´t Fail

  1. Cteavin says:

    Ruby port in a cocktail. You know, I’ve only ever drunk it straight. I don’t have grapefruit bitters so I’ll need to look around for something. Any other suggestions?

  2. We need more cocktails with names based on Clash songs!

  3. Of course I forgive you Swizzlestick, I’m just glad you enjoy the drink!

    Cteavin if you don’t have grapefruit bitters at hand a very simple ‘cheat’ is to simply add a good sized twist of grapefruit zest into the shaker. The pungent oils in the zest will do a pretty good job if shaken well.

    And Propercocktails I agree! In fact the Ruby (sic) Can’t Fail was inspired by a nerdy argument about cocktail ownership in between myself and my head bartender at the time. Chris Jepson had recently created the fantastic – and some would say even a defining contemporary classic – award winning concoction ‘London Calling’ ( Brilliant name and fantastic drink, however I did notice a very strong similarity to the Barbara West cocktail ( that I happened to come across in the Savoy cocktail book. His (completely valid) argument was that if you change a couple of ingredients/proportions in a cocktail you have the right to call it your own. My response to this was to change a couple of ingredients and proportions in his London Calling to create a different ‘track’ from the seminal Clash album. Port was a touch that was close to my heart as I’d got very much into mixing with it before discovering the delights of sherry.

    • I am so glad that you visited my blog and that you even took the time to respond to the comments of my readers! And thanks for this wonderful backround history (and the ‘cheat’, of course), so nice to hear it from the creator of this drink himself.
      I have enjoyed your drink so much, this combination of port and sherry, gin and bitters is fantastic. My congratulations for this creation!


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