Every so often–actually, more often than you think–i’ll get a fairly well dressed, young professional who breaks away from his group of Wall Street devotees, saunters over to the bar and tries his best to look like he has no clue what he wants.
“Hey there!”, Putting on my best face, “What can I do for you?”
“Yeah, i’m looking for something–you know…Scotch” leaning in slightly, screwing up his face to assess our oh-so-humble-Scotch selection.
“Well, what do you normally drink?”
“Oh you know, ‘the usual’,” still staring at the row of bottles that I haven’t had the heart to tell him is actually our Bourbon section, “but I kind of want something, different, this time”
“Ah. I see. Would you like it as a cocktail maybe? There’s a few you might lik–”
“Yeah but–” He cuts me off quickly, leans in closer, eyes darting to and fro to make sure he’s not being overheard by the fellas, “–I want something not so harsh. You know…” barely a whisper now, “manly.”
Of course you do. Though its easy to assume that means you don’t necessarily want a frilly umbrella in your drink, what you’re really trying to say is this: I want a drink that I can tell my friends is Scotch, and sweet–but not in a coupe. Yeah, I get it. Here you go, tough guy. Enjoy.
Pour in an old fashioned glass over cracked ice. Stir. Garnished with a lemon twist.
Drambuie is a honey and herb flavored liqueur made from aged malt whisky, heather honey (a particularly strong honey which some consider the best) and a secret blend of herbs and spices. The original version has an ABV (alcohol by volume) of about 40%, and since its crafted with fine Scotch whiskys to begin with, what better to compliment the Scotch in the drink? Some would say that blended Scotch works best in the drink, and that’s the way I would go (Famous Grouse, anyone?)
*But Plex, where are the proportions? Thing is, thats also still kinda up for debate in my opinion. The way I usually see it
is 2oz. Scotch to 1/2oz Drambuie, which makes less on the sweet side, but you can easily move those to 1 1/2;1, 1 3/4;3/4, or even equal parts as the official site suggest (Yikes! Sweet!) But the 2;1/2 ratio works best for my taste.
Debate away, bartenders! Till next time…
Plex Lowery, Tony’s Saloon, GM