How to drink Drambuie: 3 simple cocktails

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Dec 10, 2018

How to drink Drambuie
Summer has come to an end. Winter is just around the corner, and you might need something to warm you up in preparation. That’s why we’d like to teach you how to drink Drambuie.

Drambuie is one of the best drinks for winter…

It’s loved by people over 60 and overlooked by the rest. But don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. As Chad Eschman of Vinepair says, it’s like that silent party-goer you dismiss on the rooftop terrace, but who you later find out owns the hotel.

This scotch whiskey comes from the Isle of Skye. It’s a cosy concoction of honey, heather, and herbs. Drambuie is entwined with myths and legends they say it came from the secret recipe of a prince. Its name derives from an dram buidheach, which means ‘the drink that satisfies’ in Scottish Gaelic. So yeah, it was made to be enjoyed in front of the fireplace.

Put a spin on it. Make it one of your staple drinks for winter. Read on to find some exciting ways to learn how to drink Drambuie…

Rusty nail with a twist: Clavo Ahumado

You’re probably familiar with the Rusty Nail, and you might even know that it’s the easiest cocktail out there. Did you know that this classic concoction is based on the mixture of American prohibition spirits and Drambuie?

Here’s a Rusty Nail with a Spanish twist…


  • Two parts Mezcal
  • One part Drambuie


  • Substitute scotch with Mezcal for an interesting Rusty Nail
  • Pour equal parts Mezcal and Drambuie into a glass with 2 ice cubes
  • Stir
  • Add more Mezcal or Drambuie to taste (measurements are approximate)

MacKinnon Sour

A little more complex than the Rusty Nail, the MacKinnon Sour is a blend of four ingredients which pack a zesty punch.


  • 1 oz Drambuie
  • 0.25 oz Angostura bitters
  • 0.25 oz Ancho Reyes liqueur
  • 0.25 oz Manzanilla sherry
  • 0.50 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 egg white


  • Mix ingredients together
  • Shake mixture with ice cubes for 10 seconds
  • Remove ice and shake for 10 more seconds
  • Pour ingredients into a glass
  • Add lemon juice to taste


Drambuie was made for winter, but that’s not to say that it’s not a versatile drink. This Summery treat comes from Drambuie itself. It’s light, refreshing, and best enjoyed at sunset.


  • 1 part Drambuie
  • 2 parts soda
  • 1 scoop of cubed ice
  • Half a lemon
  • 8 mint leaves


  • Cut the lemon into wedges
  • Squeeze half of the lemon into a glass
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and stir the mixture
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