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?
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
A good bit of Angostura
Let it sit for a week or two, shake until it's all disolved and strain.
Add sugar to taste and bottle it up.
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
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.
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.