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Jan 28, 2009 12:23 PM

Generic or home made drambuie

I've taken a liking to the rusty nail but the price of a bottle of drambuie is just too much. My main liquor store didn't seem to have any generics but are there any out there? Maybe even a recipe for home made drambuie that could be made with a cheaper scotch?

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  1. Drambuie is unique and I personally think it just may be the worlds best liqueur, and I have tried so many I've lost exact count, but had over 100 liqueurs in my collection as of a year ago. Most of them mediocre.

    There are some lousy faux recipes out there if you do a google search, but I wouldn't recommend any of them. And there aren't any generics. So save it for special occasions if you can't afford to have it on a regular basis. It just makes it feel more special when you do.

    1. It's a rare day in the spirits world that the knock-off is even close to the quality of the original. The other spirits that do honeyed whisky that I can think of off the top of my head are Irish Mist and Celtic Crossing, but both are Irish whisky based instead of Scotch.

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      1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

        and there's the American Honey produced by Wild Turkey but there just isn't a substitute for Drambuie; there's nothing else like it, anywhere.

      2. I made a homemade drambuie that came out great. Unfortunately, the website that had the recipe is no longer and I neglected to write it down. BUT, it can be done and quite a bit cheaper than the name brand.

        1. I find it too sweet, and so make my own "Drambuie-esque" drink.

          1 bottle Blended Scotch
          Peel of 1/2 a lemon
          Peel of 1/2 an orange
          1 cinnamon stick
          10 cloves
          A good bit of Angostura
          5oz honey

          Let it sit for a week or two, shake until it's all disolved and strain.

          Add sugar to taste and bottle it up.

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          1. re: Steve_K

            The recipe I used called for dried angelica root (found at health food stores). I checked further and found something that I think is pretty close to what I made, except I used a cheaper scotch.

            # 1 (750 ml) bottle johnny walker black scotch
            # 1 1/2 cups mild honey
            # 2 teaspoons chopped dried angelica root
            # 1/4 teaspoon fennel seed
            # 1 slice lemon, zest of, 4 inches