Ruby Thursday
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Ruby Thursday
Cocktail recipe

Rating

3.87 / 5
I wanted a substitute for gin in a Negroni, but also wanted to slow down my consumption of Campari and Martini Rosso, so I halved these ingredients ~ Tom English I wanted a substitute for gin in a Negroni, but also wanted to slow down my consumption of Campari and Martini Rosso, so I halved these ingredients ~ Tom English
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Campari
Alcohol content
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31% | 3.72 units *

Highball glass

Ingredients

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Serves:
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Method
How to make a Ruby Thursday

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add the Campari and the Martini Rosso to a shaker with ample ice
Then add the tequila reposado
Shake, then strain into a chilled glass and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  · 

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FAQ's

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of Ruby Thursday compare to other cocktails?

The Ruby Thursday has an alcohol content of 31%, which is relatively high compared to many classic cocktails, which often fall in the 15% to 25% range. This makes it a stronger choice, closer to a neat spirit in strength. Its higher alcohol content is due in part to the Tequila Reposado base, complemented by the inclusion of Campari and Red vermouth, both contributing to its potency.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the ideal way to serve a Ruby Thursday?

A Ruby Thursday should be served in a highball glass, ideally chilled. Given its cold, alcoholic nature and the shaking preparation method, it's best enjoyed with plenty of ice to keep it refreshing. The highball glass allows for a good mix with ice without diluting the strong flavors too quickly, making it perfect for savoring.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute any ingredients in a Ruby Thursday if I don't have them on hand?

Yes, while the unique flavor profile of Ruby Thursday is due to its specific ingredients, substitutions are possible. If Campari is not available, another bitter aperitif like Aperol can be used, though it will be sweeter. For Red vermouth, any good quality sweet vermouth could work. As for Tequila Reposado, another aged tequila like an Añejo could substitute, offering a deeper flavor, though the cocktail's character will change slightly.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

How can I customize the Ruby Thursday to suit my taste?

Customizing a Ruby Thursday can involve adjusting the ratios of ingredients to tweak the balance of sweetness, bitterness, and strength to your liking. For a sweeter taste, you might increase the Red vermouth; for less bitterness, reduce the Campari. You could also consider adding a splash of soda water for a lighter, more refreshing version, or garnish with an orange peel to enhance the citrus notes.

FOOD_PAIRINGS

What food pairs well with a Ruby Thursday?

The bold flavors of Ruby Thursday, with its balance of bitterness from the Campari and the deep notes from the Tequila Reposado, pair well with rich, savory dishes. Think charcuterie boards, aged cheeses, grilled meats, or even dark chocolate desserts for a contrast. The drink's robust profile also complements spicy foods well, offering a refreshing counterpoint.

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