The Twilight Lounge – February 16, 2017 Wait… What? This cocktail has been done before?
I decided to hit the Drambuie tonight, mostly because I just want to finish the bottle (it’s about half empty) to clear the space for something else. While it’s nice to have around and I don’t mind it once in a while on the rocks, it is really, really sweet. And that’s just not my taste. Really.
So a quick search of the CocktailDB for Drambuie got me to the Flora’s Own cocktail.
- 3/4 oz Drambuie
- 3/4 oz Gin (I used Plymouth)
- 1-1/2 oz Dry Vermouth (I used Noilly Prat)
Combine the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Pretty simple. And sweet. Cloyingly sweet. Syrupy sweet. Really, really sweet. Ok, you get the idea. I really thought the vermouth and gin would cut into the Drambuie, but the honey, syrupy sweetness is still there in spades, with a bit of vermouth on on the aftertaste to provide a bit of floral lightness. The gin is barely there. Maybe if I had used a London Dry instead of the lighter Plymouth it would have helped cut into the Drambuie.
But why the Wait… What? I did a quick search for the Flora’s Own online, hoping to find something about it’s origin. I mean, it does seem like something that might have come from the mists of time, or at least Scotland or Britain. I wish I could say, as I didn’t find anything on the origin. What I did find were two other cocktail blogs in the top 3 or 4 posts that had also featured the Flora’s Own! So much for finding something unusual!