The Aberdeen Angus Cocktail

Aberdeen Angus

2 oz. Scotch (Famous Grouse)
1 oz. Drambuie
1 tbs honey
2 tsp lime juice

Combine the Scotch and the honey; stir until smooth. Add the lime juice. Warm the Drambuie over a low flame, turn out on a ladle; ignite and pour into the mug. Stir and serve immediately.

Eric has the highest hopes for this drink, which appears to be some kind of sweet and sour Rusty Nail in a huge mug that gets lit on fire. Extra credit also for being named after Kurt Cobain’s hometown of Aberdeen, a logging town in Washington state. Later we will discover that ABERDEEN ANGUS actually refers to a breed of cattle developed in the early part of the 19th century from the polled and predominantly black stock of northeast Scotland, known locally as “doddies” and “hummlies.” But for now, at least, we imagine the Nirvana frontman’s Grandpap sipping one of these on the porch.

Amanda: “Why is there a fire extinguisher there?”
Brian: “That’s because we have to light the next drink on fire!”


Brian: “This mug is fifty times too large for the liquid inside of it.”
Eric: “It tastes like Theraflu. Exactly like it, actually.”
Brian: “What we have here is honey on top of honey on top of Scotch.”
Eric: “I hate this. I predicted this would be the winner and it’s a total failure.”
Brian: “Do you think Kurt Cobain actually drank one of these?”

SCORES: Brian 2. Eric, a disappointed 2.

Eric D. Anderson


Eric D. Anderson came to appreciate cocktails late in life and is trying to make up for lost time. He finds that crafting drinks involves the same precision, creativity, sociability, and ritual as baking—another passion—and believes that it brings people together in the same way. Eric is the director of Way of the Puck, a feature-length documentary about professional air hockey, and the editor of Stories of Quitting (, an online collection of true stories that celebrate giving up. His writing has appeared in AGNI, Painted Bride Quarterly, Perigee, Giant Robot, and Wild Quarterly, among other publications. In his free time he works as a camera operator on commercials and motion pictures.

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