5 Drambuie Cocktails to try this Autumn

By Adam Friday 7th Oct, 2016

Before I get stuck into this blog I need to come clean on something… I don’t think I’ve ever had Drambuie before this week!

Alas, at London Cocktail Week I made up for it by trying five of the brands hero cocktails during a night of live jazz put on by Brass and Crimson at the Hoxton Hall.

The cocktail recipes are simple and will spice up your Saturday night, or any night for that matter and there should be an option for all taste buds!

The Rusty Nail

The brands hero cocktail is The Rusty Nail™ (which has been trademarked!) and my favourite on the list. It sits alongside the Martini and the Old Fashioned as one of the classics of the cocktail world, but has a sweetness that makes it surprisingly accessible. Think New York in the 50’s.

  • part Drambuie
  • Large rock of ice
  • individual Lemon Twist
  • parts Scotch Whisky – note the whisky used will considerably change the flavour so build it based on personal whisky preference. 


Method: Build over ice in a rocks glass and stir. Garnish with a lemon twist

The Drambuie Collins

Refreshing and light, it’s quick to put together and you’re likely to always have these ingredients.

  • part Drambuie
  • scoop Cubed Ice
  • half a Lemon
  • 8Mint Leaves
  • parts Soda

Method: Cut a lemon into wedges, then squeeze and drop half the lemon into a highball glass. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Drambuie Fresco

Another simple one to make but the Pink Grapefruit combined with the Drambuie produces quite a complex flavour, it’s refreshing and will help get the evening going.

  • part Drambuie
  • serving Cubed Ice
  • part Pink Grapefruit juice
  • top Soda

Method: Add Drambuie and grapefruit juice to an ice-filled glass and stir. Top with soda and garnish with a slice of grapefruit and a mint sprig.

Drambuie Honey Sour

Honey is the flavour used to create a silly smooth sour. A little more effort to put together but worth it.

  • 11/2 part Drambuie
  • Egg White
  • 3/4 part Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 partScotch (non-peaty)
  • 3Slice of Ginger


Method: Muddle ginger with Drambuie, then add the other ingredients. Dry shake, then add ice and shake again. Fine strain out the ginger and garnish with Angostura bitters to garnish.


A gentleman’s pitcher. My second favourite cocktail on the list was the Hootenanny. Weissbier is a wheaty german beer and although recommended the drink isn’t reliant on it, you can use other beer.

  • part Drambuie
  • Cubed Ice
  • parts Grapefruit Juice
  • Mint Leaves
  • parts Weissbier


Lightly shake Drambuie, grapefruit juice and mint leaves together, then add beer to the shaker before straining over ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.

 If you fancy trying these cocktails with a bit of live Jazz head down to a #BrassAndCrimson event. Check out the schedule here!