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Ancient Mariner

Ancient Mariner the Delirious Imbibers Drink Of the Week

Will picked the Ancient Mariner for our cocktail club drink of the week. If you can permit me to call this a new age tiki then I shall. This wonderful drink comes to us from the pages of “Beach Bum Barry’s Grog Log” by Jeff Barry.

The Ancient Mariner has no back story I can find beyond the fact that he and his drinking mates created it before Grog Log was published. It is my hope that the name comes from the haunting old poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Water, water, every where,

And all the boards did shrink;

Water, water, every where,

Nor any drop to drink.

What Makes a Good Tiki?

In construction this cocktail is a great example of a tiki, playing nicely with all the usual suspects. Harmoniously we find, lime, grapefruit, allspice liqueur and two rums. A clever combo indeed. Allspice liqueur, also known as Allspice Dram or Pimento Dram is a common tiki cocktail ingredient, and can be purchased off the shelf. In addition, you can make your own, we do and with great effect. It is so very easy, and will last a long time. Take a look at my recipe here. If you go store bought, our go to is St Elizabeth’s, but of the four on the market I hear all are good. Additionally, you will need simple syrup, so easy to make, the recipe is here.

A caution on the grapefruit, white or pink are preferred, the ruby red if very sweet. Sadly, as Americans sweet teeth have grown, most of the carton juice is ruby red. Consequently, you may be juicing a grapefruit or two here. I use my

Ready to set sail with the Ancient Mariner?

Here Are the Basic Cocktail Specs

Ancient MarinerCocktail: Ancient Mariner
Source: Beach Bum Barry’s Grog Log

Creator Jeff Barry.

Ingredients: Demerara Rum, Dark Jamaican Rum, Lime Juice, Grapefruit Juice, Simple Syrup, Allspice Liqueur

Ancient Mariner Tasting Notes and Feedback

This cocktail delivered way above its weight. We expected a more simple flavor based on the profile, but with the dual sours, and rums, it really had depth. Presentation of this is so fun, a bright color, and lots to contrast on top, I made a little Ancient Mariner garnish for mine, I used a skull pick as a nod to the poem. If you remember the mariner sails a ship of the dead. Macabre references aside, strongly recommend you throw one together without delay.

Ancient MarinerWill:

“Very refreshing! Love the grapefruit and allspice. The mint is a must. Very layered for such an easy sipper.”



Not to make Will bad here, but he drank this so quick he sent me this pic:

Ancient Mariner





Then this pic, with the quote “It had a baby, just as good as 5 minutes ago!”

Ancient Mariner





Ancient MarinerRick:

“The Ancient Mariner is a really nice tiki, It has a more depth than I expected. In a word, it’s complex. For the most part it seems to be an homage to early Donn Beachcomber cocktails, the sour are totally his vibe, and the sweet is simple, pun intended. Really like it, while I used a killer demerara rum, the dark Jamaican was mediocre, could have gone up a notch, like a Smith and Cross over the Appleton.”

Ancient MarinerMike:

“It’s a fantastic tiki cocktail. As we dive into tiki, we see variations on these same ingredients. Swap a rum or an infused simple syrup and you have a completely different drink. All enjoyable, all remind me of a sunny day on a tropical beach. Grapefruit and cinnamon syrup or pimento dram might be my new favorite ingredients combination.”

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Ancient Mariner | Great Tiki Cocktail |

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By Rick Britt Serves: 1
Prep Time: 5

The Ancient Mariner is a nice example of tiki, playing well with the usual suspects lime, grapefruit, allspice liqueur and two lovely rums. 


  • 1 oz Dark Jamaican Rum
  • 1 oz of Demerara Rum
  • 3/4 oz Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz White or Pink Grapefruit Juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1/4 oz Allspice Dram (Pimento Dram)



Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker or bar blender with crushed ice.


Shake or blend for 5 seconds.


Dump all ingredients into a double old-fashioned glass or tiki mug.


fill with crushed ice if necessary.


Garnish with a fresh sprig of mint.


A cocktail skewer a cherry and lime on them like the bust of a sailor, add a cocktail pick like a sword.


Serve with a straw.

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