LiquorWhiskeyThe Garbardine Hightail: Featuring Drambuie

March 5, 2022
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The Gabardine Hightail: Featuring Drambuie

Today we will take a look at the liquor Drambuie and a fun drink to make with it called “The Gabardine Hightail” through the lens of dramatic comedy.  A lot of people are not familiar with this whiskey cordial. It is scotch whisky sweetened with honey, herbs, and spices. If you are into history, the whole chapter is on the back of the bottle. However, the story begins with a Scottish adventureman, and then ends with a shipwreck. We receive the tagline of Drambuie from the history lesson as well: an dram buidheach. Which means the drink that satisfies. The tagline has proved to be factual by a great many people.

Origin Story

One of those people is Clive Prescott. If you don’t know Clive Prescott, you can meet him S5E4: Chivalry Is Not Dead…But Someone Is, on the show Psych. In this classic episode, the character Clive is an épicurien and a renaissance man who leads other men in the measures of dating life and courtship. So of course his drink order reflects that culture. Therefore, Prescott’s drink is the Gabardine Hightail. 

The Gabardine Hightail was actually invented on the show Psych and was maybe the birth of the craft cocktail movement. It’s a blend of scotch, scotch, honey, and honey. That’s not a typo; the recipe is provided below. Indubitably, one of those scotch mentioned in the ingredients belongs to, Drambuie, our feature liquor.

The Main Ingredient

Actually, if you are entering the world of whiskies, Drambuie is a great gateway- especially to scotch. The sweet aromatic flavor encourages many sips to explore all the nuances of the liquor while edging off the scotch nicely. It does give off elixir vibes, but nothing like Chartreuse or liquors of the sort.  Heather honey is the specific honey blended with Scotch in Drambuie and it is thick honey making the liquor particularly thick. So, when mixing Drambuie in cocktails it’s advised not to strain this cordial allowing the ice to attenuate the drink.  The spices in the drink are a many centuries-old top secret. Though, it’s speculated that the blend contains fennel, anise, nutmeg, and maybe even saffron. 

Time to make it!

Hilariously this new drink, The Gabardine Hightail, shows up places without this mention or knowledge of its recent origins on the show Psych. So if you’re looking for a good evening, don’t be George Hamilton’s reaction when Ashley came to him and said “Dad, I think I’ll become an actor, too.”  Instead, grab yourself some Drambuie from our store, make a Gabardine Hightail, and watch some Psych on Peacock Steaming.

Gabardine Hightail

  • 2 oz. Scotch
  • 1 oz. Drambuie
  • 1 tsp Honey

Serve on a large ice cube in a rocks glass.

Note: no rusty nails were harmed in this writing.