Ruby Queen Cocktail Recipe

Rob Krueger's Ruby Queen Cocktail with Cutty Sark Scotch Whisky
A very unique Scotch cocktail, the Ruby Queen recipe uses beet juice and it is quite interesting. Photo Courtesy: © Cutty Sark Scotch Whisky
  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Serving: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
203 Calories
0g Fat
25g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 203
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 26mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 2g
Calcium 66mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Have you ever wondered if you could mix Scotch with beet juice? Okay, so it is likely that you haven't but just in case you have ever doubted the versatility of whiskey, allow me to introduce you to the Ruby Queen.

The Ruby Queen recipe was developed by Rob Krueger of Extra Fancy in New York City. The cocktail menu for the Brooklyn bar is filled with drinks that are just as creative as this one and it seems like patrons could never get bored with the specialties of the house.

Though it is filled with a couple of unusual ingredients, the Ruby Queen is actually quite easy to mix up. You will need to prepare or acquire fresh beet juice and take a few minutes to make a fresh honey syrup.

The surprise comes when you taste just how well a decent Scotch works against this sweetened vegetable profile. Most of us would lean toward a more neutral spirit for such a distinct flavor like beets, yet the whisky adds a depth that vodka and gin cannot.

Once all of the ingredients are in hand, simply pour and shake like any other drink and you will have a nice, savory drink that will rival (or replace) any Bloody Mary on those occasions when you desire something completely out of the norm.

If you enjoy this drink, you may also want to try Krueger's other Cutty Sark veggie cocktail, the Bugs Cutty.


Steps to Make It

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

  2. Shake vigorously until the shaker is cold.

  3. Fine-strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  4. Garnish with a sprig of fresh tarragon.

* Honey Syrup Recipe

Honey syrup is a fantastic way to sweeten any drink and it is very easy to make at home. It replaces the sugar in a standard simple syrup with sweet honey and simply combines it with water over heat. Just like simple syrup, honey syrup can also be flavored to add a little dimension.

Using this recipe you can make as much as you like and use it to sweeten other cocktails, teas, or any drink that needs just a touch of sweetness.

  1. Combine the honey and water in a saucepan and apply low heat.

  2. Stir and continue to warm until the honey is smoothly incorporated.

  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

  4. Pour into a bottle with a tight-sealing lid and refrigerate to preserve.


  • The best Ruby Queen will be created if fresh beet juice is used and most electric juicers will make short work of the root vegetable and create a luscious, thick red juice in just minutes. Beet juice is naturally frothy and when shaken into this cocktail it gives the drink a great foam that adds texture.
  • If you do not have a juicer, there are bottled beet juices available. Just be sure not to mistake it for 'beet juice powder.' That may be a viable alternative for your nutrition needs but will not work as well as liquid juice in a cocktail.
  • Whether or not you juice your own beets, it would be a shame to use anything other than fresh lemon juice in this cocktail. The citrus balance is needed to make the drink more enjoyable and it is difficult to find that in any of the prepared lemon juices. Lemons are cheap and juicing them is easy, so fresh is always the best route.
  • It is always tempting to skip the garnish in cocktails, particularly if you are just making the drink for yourself at home. The Ruby Queen is one of those cocktails in which the garnish is essential. A lone sprig of tarragon will slowly add an herbal aspect to the beet and whiskey mix that is needed to obtain the balance and bring the cocktail to a level of greatness.

How Strong Is the Ruby Queen?

The Ruby Queen is a very tame and enjoyable cocktail. When made with 80 proof Scotch whisky, the final drink comes out at right around 13 percent ABV (26 proof).

Recipe Courtesy: Rob Krueger for Cutty Sark Scotch Whisky

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