|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 1g||1%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||1%|
|Total Carbohydrate 20g||7%|
|Dietary Fiber 4g||16%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
The brogue is an intriguing Scotch whisky cocktail that is an absolute pleasure to drink. You can think of this recipe as a lavender-infused rusty nail, which is fantastic if you want to give the iconic whisky cocktail a floral sweetness that's more fitting for spring and summer affairs.
The recipe was created by New York City mixologist Leo Robitschek of Eleven Madison Park. It was designed to feature Highland Park Scotch Whisky, specifically the brand's 12-year-old single malt that now goes by the name Viking Honour (the 10-year-old Viking Scars is a nice choice, too).
The scotch is paired with Drambuie, just like the rusty nail. Yet, things get interesting when the lavender honey syrup is added. It's an ingredient you will need to make yourself, but it's very easy and will be ready within an hour. Use it in this recipe, then enjoy it in other cocktails that use lavender syrup.
- For the Lavender Honey Syrup:
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon lavender flowers
- 1/2 cup sugar (white granulated)
- 1/2 cup honey
- For the Cocktail:
- 1 1/2 ounces scotch (Highland Park Viking Honour)
- 1/2 ounce Drambuie
- 3/4 ounce lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce lavender honey syrup
- Garnish: dried lavender (a sprig or loose buds)
Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this cocktail is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and assembly.
Make the Lavender Honey Syrup
Gather the ingredients.
In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil and add the lavender flowers.
Stir in the sugar and honey until the sugar's completely dissolved and the honey's fully incorporated.
Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat and let the syrup cool completely. Bottle and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Make the Brogue Cocktail
Serve and enjoy!
- Fresh lemon juice is highly recommended to maintain the quality this cocktail deserves. The average lemon yields 1 3/4 ounces of juice, so you can get away with squeezing the juice of half a lemon directly into the shaker.
- Highland Park tends to be one of the smokier scotches so it will not get lost in this mix. If you prefer something a little gentler, try a smooth blended scotch, such as those from Chivas Regal or Johnnie Walker.
How Strong Is a Brogue Cocktail?
The scotch and Drambuie are the same strength (80 proof) and together they outweigh the cocktail's nonalcoholic mixers. This means the brogue is a pretty strong drink, weighing in at 21 percent ABV (42 proof). While it's gentler than the rusty nail, it's still half the strength of drinking the whisky straight.