Nothing helps you relax at the end of a long day—or in the middle of a very easy vacation day—better than a good cocktail. And while any drink does the job, there is something extra tranquil about sipping a fruity, delicious cocktail adorned with an umbrella. Hold one of those, and it’s impossible to be uptight.
The Ruby Relaxer fills the bill. It combines vodka, coconut rum, peach schnapps, pineapple juice, cranberry juice and grenadine into a festive package that’s a little sweet, a little tart and a lot of fun. The vodka provides a mostly neutral base for the other ingredients to build on, allowing the tropical flavors of coconut, peach and pineapple to shine, while the modest measures of cranberry and grenadine keep the sweetness in check.
Note that store-bought grenadine can work in a pinch, and it’s certainly the easiest way to go, but the homemade version lends more flavor and texture to your drinks without the addition of artificial ingredients. With just a few minutes of work, you can produce a DIY pomegranate grenadine that will be much more delicious than any of the bright-red commercial options you’ll find in a bottle.
Shake everything together with ice, and you have a cocktail that lives up to its name. It’s ruby-colored and engineered to result in supreme relaxation. Put one in your hand, sit back and watch the world go by with each tasty sip.
- 1 ounce vodka
- 1 ounce coconut rum
- 1 ounce peach schnapps
- 3 ounces pineapple juice
- 1/2 ounce cranberry juice
- 1 splash grenadine
- Garnish: orange wheel
- Garnish: umbrella
Add the vodka, coconut rum, peach schnapps, pineapple juice, cranberry juice and grenadine into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
Strain into a double rocks glass over fresh ice.
Garnish with an orange wheel and umbrella.