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Ruby's Arms

Ruby's Arms 16.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Spirits Apr 28, 2017

Here, pink grapefruit juice pairs beautifully with multiple spirits.

Freshly squeezed juice is best, but if you use a commercial brand, choose a fresh one that hasn’t been sweetened from the refrigerated section.

You can use a smoky mezcal such as Del Maguey Vida here, or take this punch in another direction with a London dry gin. (If you want to make a bubbly, lower-alcohol version, you can lengthen the punch by adding measures of tonic or Pellegrino grapefruit soda.)

Make Ahead: Make this pitcher-punch 1 hour hour in advance to give it time to chill in the refrigerator.

Where to Buy: The aperitif wine Cocchi Rosa adds a lightly sweet, fruity note and the bitterness of quinine; we found it at Schneider’s of Capitol Hill in the District and at Society Fair in Alexandria.


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Tested size: 16 servings

  • 3 1/2 cups ruby red grapefruit juice (see headnote)
  • 2 1/2 cups Cocchi Rosa aperitif wine (see headnote)
  • 1 3/4 cups mezcal or London dry gin
  • 3/4 ounce Angostura bitters
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 thyme sprigs
  • Large ice cubes


Combine the juice, wine, spirit, Cocchi Rosa, mezcal or gin and the salt in a large pitcher, stirring to blend well.

Add the thyme sprigs; transfer to the refrigerator to chill for 1 hour.

Stir, then add the large ice cubes. Keep a long-handled spoon at hand to stir the punch if you're serving it over a length of time. Pour into punch cups (without sending any of the thyme sprigs into them).

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From Spirits columnist M. Carrie Allan.

Tested by M. Carrie Allan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 130

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 40mg 2%

Total Carbohydrates: 11g 4%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 0g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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