1 1/2 oz White Rum <Lawley’s Light New England Spirti>
1/2 oz Drambuie
1/2 oz Aperol
1/2 oz Lime Juice
Combine in a shaker and shake with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass
When I was younger we spent some holidays at my aunt and uncle’s house. They lived in a split level, so the family room was on the lower level. That’s where the tv was, so I spent plenty of hours down there. Three things are imprinted on my brain from all that time. 1) My uncle had 6 or 7 cacti near the sliding glass door to the backyard. One was the size of a basketball 2) The walls were this weird grayish textured wood paneling. 3) There was a trap door in a section of those panels that opened up and turned into a shelf suspended by chains. Behind it was a compartment that contained a bunch of bottles, basically a semi-hidden bar (even though I didn’t see many drinks made there). The only bottle I remember from their bar was Drambuie. I have no idea why.
Fast forward 25-30 some odd years, and my own bar is coming along nicely. Looking for a liqueur to spice things up a few years ago, I thought back to the secret door bar and picked up a bottle of Drambuie for myself. The Sticky Kilt is one of the first drinks I created with it. I chose white rum because I find it interesting to pair light base spirits with darker liqueurs. Since I was still experimenting with Drambuie in drinks, I went with the tried and true 3:1:1:1 ratio. I’ve had plenty of success with this formula before, as it often leads to very well balanced drinks.
Make no mistake, this is a rum drink first and foremost. You can easily pick its signature mild funkiness and rich sweetness. It also has just enough alcohol burn to keep you on your toes. Heather honey in Drambuie plays off the sweetness from the molasses in the rum. The rest of the Drambuie spices seem to vaguely reference tiki flavors in this combination, but more as an homage than imitation. Aperol and lime juice pucker everything up on the swallow and keep things from getting too saccharine.
The name is pretty simple. Sticky is for molasses and heather honey, which is the combination that got me thinking of pairing these two bottles. And kilts are a thing in Scotland, where Drambuie is produced. Bonus points for sounding like a weird sex move you might find on Urban Dicitonary.