2-Minute Drambuie Cocktail Recipe with Soda

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February 9, 2023
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What do you mix with Drambuie? OR What is the best way to drink Drambuie? Well, your favorite cocktail for this week’s happy hour is the sweet and smooth Drambuie and Soda! Not to mention how easy it is to prepare – 2 minutes and you are ready to party! No more worries in thinking about what to give to your pals at a party. You can make this easy treat and surely enjoy the rest of the night. Make sure to invite more friends. A glass of this will make your day.

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Scotch Whiskey Liqueur Drambuie Cocktail

Scotch whiskey liqueur Drambuie has been produced since 1745. It was initially developed as Lord Drambuie’s elixir for medical use to treat stomach problems. These days, it’s a popular scotch whiskey both domestically and abroad. This is a mouthwatering beverage and everyone loves it.

Scotch whiskey, wildflower honey, herbs, and spices are used to make Drambuie, a liqueur with a 40% alcohol by volume (ABV) and gold color. The MacKinnon family controlled the company for 100 years before William Grant & Sons acquired it in 2014. Drambuie, a Scottish herbal honey-and-whisky liqueur, serves as the drink’s base, but before you discard it as too sweet, consider the citrus and soda, which will cut the sweetness by a few levels. A slider of rum is also included to assist balance the flavors and adding the proper amount of punch.

There are a few other origin stories for the moniker, but the most well-known is that the drink was first stirred with a rusty nail. Others claim the name was inspired by the rusty nails that held the Drambuie cases together, or it might have been the golden hues of the completed beverage. Lemon and cherry provide brightness to the sweet, golden Drambuie, creating a pleasant cocktail.

The MacKinnon is a good choice to get you there when you need something unexpected and somewhat delicious but it won’t be a drink you have every day. The perfect scotch cocktail is the rusty nail. Scotch and Drambuie are combined quite simply and served on the rocks. It’s a sophisticated beverage that is best enjoyed slowly, and it goes well with meals. Feel free to switch from blended to single malts and investigate other brands, selecting a selection that is as top-shelf as you desire.

Learn How to Make Drambuie Cocktail

Do you remember a few months back when I picked up a bottle of Drambuie to make the Rusty Nail for Girls? (Boy, do I love that drink!) Well, this week when I was looking for inspiration for a new cocktail, I saw that charming little brown bottle and wondered what else I could do with it. I found out that Drambuie and Cola are a thing, but I wanted to change it up a bit. Subbing lemon-lime soda for the cola did the trick! This cocktail is akin to the Gray and Foggy, especially since dark rum and Drambuie are both spiced spirits. I think the spices are more subtle in this scotch-based liqueur, but it is definitely sweet, smooth, and perfect for mixing. It is a great treat like the famous mojito recipe.

What Does This Cocktail Taste Like?

The flavor of Drambuie is a subtle fusion of honey, spices, and fruit. Although it is not too sweet, a background sweetness tempts you to take another sip. There are also traces of cinnamon and citrus flavors with a silky finish.

In addition to being a drinkable liquor, Drambuie makes a great addition to cocktails. The liqueur can be used to make both sweet and savory beverages and has a 40% alcohol concentration by volume. But contrary to popular belief, Drambuie also works well in more inventive drinks like a Laphroaig Fizz or a whiskey sour.

Why Love this Cocktail Recipe?

  • It is very easy and delicious.
  • Cherry enhances the flavor of the cocktail.
  • Lime juice is best for digestion.
  • Delicious and revitalizing weight loss alternative
  • helps with weight control
  • and increases the defenses of your body against diseases and infections
  • Prevents Diabetes from Developing or Progressing
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2-Minute Drambuie Cocktail Recipe with Soda

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This simple cocktail with Drambuie and soda is sweet and very sippable!

  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


  • 1/4 lime
  • 1 1/2 oz. Drambuie
  • 68 oz. lemon-lime soda get a brand with natural sugar if possible
  • 1 maraschino cherry plus a little cherry juice from the jar



  1. Squeeze lime into a 12-oz glass, and toss in the squeezed lime wedge.
  2. Pour in Drambuie, and fill glass almost to the top with ice.
  3. Fill glass 3/4 full with soda, and gently stir with a long-handled spoon. Drop cherry with about 1/2 tsp. cherry juice into the top of your cocktail, and serve.


  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 2
  • Category: Cocktail

Nutrition Information

Per serving:

Calories69.6 kcalCarbohydrates5 g
Carbs8.8 gFiber0 g
Sugar8.8 gSodium1.2 mg
Vitamin A0 mcgSelenium0.1 mcg
Fat0.1 gPhosphorus0.6 mg
Choline0.1 mgPotassium3 mg

Health Benefits

Some have compared it to cough syrup due to the syrupy texture and sweet and harsh bitter flavor. If you don’t like honey, you won’t like this drink because the wildflower honey almost completely dominates it. If you want a lighter and smoother drink, avoid Drambuie because it is 40 percent stronger than other spirits. For those who prefer the flavor of scotch, enjoy sweet liqueurs, and are not put off by a range of herbal flavors, Drambuie is a good beverage.

  • It has many health advantages and is high in antioxidants. So, Whiskey is a diluted alcoholic drink created from a particular kind of grain mash.
  • Constipation and indigestion-related issues can be treated with lemon juice. Also, digestion is aided by adding a few drops of lemon to your drumbui cocktail.
  • Fresh lemon soda, also known as fresh lime soda in some regions, is an excellent beverage to have after lunch or dinner since it cleanses and purifies the blood.
  • The antioxidants that give fresh cherry its deep red color also work to prevent cell deterioration.
  • They have 69 calories per cup, no added sugar, and are a good source of fiber, vitamin C, iron, potassium, and vitamin A.

Storage Tips

  1. This liquor must be kept in the fridge as soon as the bottle is opened. However, if you want to retain its freshness and flavor for more than a half year, keeping it in the fridge might be your best bet.
  1. These products should typically be thrown away 18 months after exposure to air.
  1. While keeping whiskey in the fridge won’t hurt it, the flavor will (temporarily) change. Keeping whiskey in a climate-controlled home in a dark, cool (but not chilly) location, such as a cabinet.

Check out more variety of cocktails that you can make in your home.

Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.


Cristina Carmi
2 years ago

I’ve had an unopened bottle of Drambuie for a long time and now I know exactly what I’m going to make with it next time I have guests! Thank you!!
However I question the nutritional information you posted since even just the lime soda would have more than 69 calories per 6-8 oz., and a lot more carbs. I’m diabetic and need to calculate these things properly. I wonder if you might look into that.

1 year ago

Three to four portions of carbs, each containing 15 grams (g), are advised for females. Less than 10% of their entire daily calorie (energy) consumption should come from free sugars. Based on a diet of 2000 calories, this amounts to about 50 grams (12 teaspoons) of free sugar consumed per day. Drink fewer sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) and more water instead. So, if you still want to drink a Drambuie Cocktail, talk to your diabetologist first for prevention, especially in your case. And thank you for reading our recipes and wanting to try them, but your health is our top priority. Thank you!

Tanya Schroeder
10 years ago

You have the bet drinks Andi!! I need to come to your house for happy hour!

10 years ago

Thanks, Tanya! I would so love to have you over :) Maybe you could bring some of those awesome thumbprint cookies!

10 years ago

not sure if I have drambuie in the house, but if I do (and I might from a past post of yours), this will be my Friday eve cocktail. Thanks for the recipe and good luck with your long weekend. We actually go one better with a FOUR-day weekend. You’d think they’d take away these vacation days after missing school for cold weather last week. Crazy stuff. And crazy times call for cocktails, so there you go :-)

10 years ago

You should get Drambuie! I would recommend buying that before Midori because this and the Rusty Nail are so, so good. You’ll need a bottle for a 4-day weekend for sure ;) Craziness!

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