Author Vaughn Stafford Gray learned to make this supremely Instagrammable ruby-hued beet juice cocktail from sugarcane farmer and cane juice entrepreneur Toussaint Davy who touts the drink as a healthful “elixir cocktail.” The jury is out on whether or not Davy’s recipe can mend a broken heart, but the resulting refreshment is so well-balanced, you just might confuse it for a more innocent juice bar beverage. For the best results, seek out (or juice your own) fresh-pressed sugarcane, lime, ginger, and beet juices, which retain more of the raw ingredients’ potency and wholesome goodness.

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Yield: serves 1
Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 12 oz. beet juice
  • 1 12 oz. sugarcane juice
  • 1 12 oz. Appleton Estate Signature rum
  • 1 12 oz. J Wray & Nephew Overproof White Rum
  • 12 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp. ginger juice


  1. To a cocktail shaker or mixing glass filled with ice, add the beet juice, sugarcane juice, rums, lime juice, and ginger juice. Using a cocktail spoon, stir all the ingredients until chilled. Add fresh ice to a highball glass, strain the cocktail into it, and serve.

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