Sometimes, you want something rich and creamy. A dessert drink, if you will or if you won’t, it makes no real difference to me. I am not a huge fan of this class of drinks, but I was intrigued by the smoky scotch component, so here we are. Won’t you please join me now, as we stand and make the White Knight.
A reasonably exhaustive search turned up absolutely nothing on the history or provenance of this drink. It is clearly a riff on the classic Brandy Alexander, with some interesting additions. Good things may be happening here, like we found with the Rum Walnut Alexander or maybe not, I guess we will have to make it and see.
Grab your tins and pop in 3/4 of an ounce each of Dewar’s 12 Year Scotch, Drambuie and Coffee Liqueur, I chose Songbird. To that add 1 1/2 ounces of half & half, toss in some ice and shake to the beat of “Knights in White Satin“. That’s a bit on the nose, isn’t it? Anyway, give it a good shake till you get to that first “but, I love you” before straining into something pretty, preferably on a stem. Grate some fresh nutmeg on top and serve.
It’s smooth. It’s creamy. It’s not too sweet, but decidedly decadent. I like it more than I meant to. The honey notes from the Drambuie are there, but not insistent. The smoke from the scotch lays down a nice base note that really helps that coffee to shine. It makes me wonder how this trio would work without the cream. As it stands this is a lovely after dinner drink, a nice dessert and coffee combo.
It is funny, but I was not inclined to like this drink from the beginning. I am not usually a fan of this entire class of cream based after dinner things and I have never liked the term “White Knight”, probably has something to do with the Baryshnikov film, or the Batman run or the whole concept of self-appointed heroes or any number of unpleasant things. Frankly, beyond the chess piece, there is not a lot going for this title, at least not that I have found. I may be wrong, I probably am. The drink is alright, though. Stay safe, stay hydrated and stay sane, my friends.