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Generic or home made drambuie

Soybomb Jan 28, 2009 12:23 PM

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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    Steve_K Feb 5, 2009 03:46 PM

    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
      JohnE O Feb 5, 2009 04:26 PM

      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

    2. JohnE O Feb 5, 2009 03:38 PM

      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. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Feb 4, 2009 10:16 PM

        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
          cannedmilkandfruitypebbles Feb 5, 2009 12:21 PM

          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. JMF Feb 4, 2009 03:53 PM

          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.

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