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Drambuie is an excellent Scotch liqueur, but as with most specialty liqueurs, it is very expensive. But the low end substitutes like awful. But you can make your that's very good quality for much, much less. It's easy.
If you are using fresh rosemary, crush it. Then combine the rosemary, fennel, honey and water in a saucepot and heat to a simmer. Heat until the honey is well mixed, about 5 minutes.
Allow it cool to room temperature.
Add the Scotch and pour into very clean sealable glass jars (I use canning jars) Now let the flavors infuse the eau de vie (alcohol). Gently carry the flask down to your barrel aging room
What, don't have one? OK, Put the jar in a dark kitchen cabinet for 1 week at room temperature.
Shake once or twice a day.
Pour the aged alcohol mix through a fine mesh strainer once to get the larger pieces. Discard the debris in the sieve than line it with the coffee filter and filter the liquid again.
Pour into an old Drambuie bottle or glass jars.
Total cost: $10 per liter
Drambuie generally costs about $28 for a 750 ml bottle, (or $35/liter) plus tax (2020, Atlanta, GA retail)
So, the homemade is less than 1/3 the price.
Units of measurement equivalents
1 cup = 8 ounces = 236ml
1 quart = 32 ounces = 944ml
1 tbsp (tablespoon) = 1/2 ounce = 15ml
1 fifth = 25.6 ounces = 750ml
1 tsp (teaspoon) = 1/6 ounce = 5ml
1 pint = 16 ounces = 472ml
Above is the
2020 version of
the Ball Blue Book