Ancient Mariner

Nightcap Cocktail Recipes


The Ancient Mariner is a tiki drink created by Jeff “Beachbum” Berry and Annene Kaye. It first appeared in their 1998 drink guide Beachbum Berry’s Grog Log and is named after Coleridge’s 1798 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner because in Berry’s words “by the time we finished with it, that’s how old we felt.” Its signature ingredient is pimento flavored liqueur.


  • 1 oz Demerara Rum
  • 1 oz Dark Rum
  • 1/4 oz Pimento Liqueur
  • 3/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz White Grapefruit Juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple Sugar
  • Garnish: Mint Sprig and Lime Wedge


Fill a double old fashioned glass with crushed ice, then add both rums, lime, grapefruit juice, simple syrup, and pimento liqueur. Stir gently, then garnish with a lime wedge (optional) and mint sprig.


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