DIY Drambuie

[Photo: Marcia Simmons]

This DIY version of Drambuie isn't a carbon copy of the original—and that's the point. You can play around with flavors to create your ideal Scotch-and-honey masterpiece.

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DIY Drambuie

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About This Recipe

Yield:Makes about 1 cup
Active time:10 minutes
Total time:3 days
Special equipment:Mason jar, mortar and pestle, fine-mesh sieve
This recipe appears in: DIY vs. Buy: How to Make Your Own Drambuie

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon whole fennel seeds
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh picked rosemary leaves
  • 3/4 cup blended Scotch

Procedures

  1. 1

    Break up the fennel seeds using a mortar and pestle or under a heavy skillet. Cook the honey, water, fennel, and rosemary over medium heat stirring frequently, until it is integrated into a syrup, about 5 minutes. Let cool, with the fennel and rosemary still in the pot. Scrape off any white foam.

  2. 2

    Once the syrup has cooled, pour liquid (with the fennel and rosemary still in it) into a sealable glass jar. Add Scotch, seal, and shake. Steep for 3 days at room temperature. Strain. Liqueur can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.

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