Drambuie Apple Spice

From what others tell me, I’m the friend who buys the obscure liquors, the “spiritually adventurous” one.  I have to admit that there are times that I buy something without having any idea of what I’ll use it for or with.  And, with cabinet space a premium, sometimes I have to pass on buying something.  But, often, regardless of how good a liquor is, it will often get tried once or twice, and then sit for many months unopened again. This is the case with Drambuie.  It is good and actually very versatile.  I bought it almost a year ago for a special project and just haven’t had the occasion to use it again. But, add together my current interest in apple cider cocktails with google and you get the Drambuie Apple Spice.

Drambuie Apple Spice

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Credit: Taste


  • 1 oz Drambuie
  • 2 oz apple cider
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 oz ginger ale
  • Ice
  • Cinnamon stick and apple slices for garnish


  1. Put Drambuie, apple cider, and Angostura bitters into a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into a double old fashioned glass.
  3. Add ginger ale and ice.
  4. Garnish with cinnamon stick and apple slices.


This drink isn’t heavy on liquor, but it is full of flavor.  I experimented with the recipe quite a bit, primarily tweaking the amount of Drambuie, and I came back to the original 1 ounce amount because it really tasted the best.  The problem is that you might want to make a double (or triple) of this because it is easy to drink.  I decided to add bitters, which brings a little spice that complements the cider and Drambuie perfectly!  I also opted to shake the ingredients (never shake a carbonated ingredient, though).  The original recipe just calls for adding the ingredients to a glass with ice, but I feel a good mixing of the Drambuie with cider and bitters is essential and definitely improves the taste you get in each sip.  The garnish is always up to you.  I get lazy and often leave it out.  But, I would be lying if I said the cinnamon stick didn’t add anything.  I don’t know if it just is the smell of it while drinking.  If you have it, add it in.  Cheers!


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