Drambuie brings Richness to Classic Cocktails
Offering an extraordinary taste experience to anyone who drinks it, Drambuie is a unique spirit. Born out of aged Scotch whisky infused with Scottish heather honey, herbs and spices, this golden elixir’s exact recipe has been a closely guarded secret for centuries. It offers up aromas of aged malt whisky to the nose, along with sweet floral and herbal overtones. Taste bring flavors of spicy, sweet honey notes with some herbs and citrus. This full-bodied liqueur is great by itself but is a beautiful compliment added to other spirits.
I was shown just how versatile this spirit could be by Vance Henderson, Drambuie’s U. S. Brand Ambassador. Vance is also a gifted bartender who has won several “Best of” cocktail awards and competitions and has been featured in publications ranging from GQ, CapitolFile, On Top, FSR and The Washington Post. According to Vance, classic cocktails are back and this Scottish liqueur is a way to liven up these classics thanks to its sweet balanced flavor.
The Bonnie Prince Charlie cocktail named for the prince who led a Scottish uprising against the English, has a modern name and recipe. A combination of Drambuie and bubbles!
2 oz Drambuie
1 oz fresh lemon juice
Mint leaves (6-8)
Add mint into bottom of a Collins glass. Fill the glass with ice. Add Drambuie, lemon juice and fill to the top with sparkling water. Garnish with lemon wedge.
Good coffee cocktails can sometimes be hard to make. Best rule of thumb is to start with a good quality coffee like Chameleon Cold-Brew. Pairing it with classy ingredients like this liqueur, makes it possible to create a drink that allows great use of a good coffee’s rich complexity yet slightly bitter base.
½ oz Green-Chartreuse
1 oz Drambuie
3 oz Chameleon Vanilla Cold-Brew
Combine chartreuse, Drambuie and coffee in an old fashion glass filled with ice. Garnish with a cube of candied ginger.
Drambuie can be enjoyed straight, on the rocks, with club soda and in cocktails like the ones above. But no matter how you decide to enjoy it, you will find it a rewarding drink. This liqueur from The Isle of Skye has won numerous accolades since its inception in 1745.