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December 2016 Issue | Vol. 4, No. 23                                                                                                                           A Living Liquid Legend.










 










 
 
 
 


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DRAMBUIE | Scotland | U.S. Ambassador Vance Henderson When Georgina MacKinnon, the former chairwoman of Drambuie and the liqueur’s first ambassador, arrived in the U.S. from Scotland over half a century ago, the press called her “the canny wee granny with the $2m secret”. MacKinnon promoted Drambuie, often with her private bagpipers in tow, to 150 countries. MacKinnon’s “$2m secret” referred to the ingredients that went into Drambuie, which she never divulged. The keeper of the secret prepared the esoteric essence in a private lab once a month. The recipe remained privy to but one female member of the family. When MacKinnon retired, she passed the recipe to her daughter-in-law. The secret still remains intact. “It was a secret recipe that belonged to Bonny Prince Charles,” said Vance Henderson, U.S. Brand Ambassador for Drambuie. “What we like to focus on is how it’s only been shared with his friend. The passing of that elixir of Bonny Prince Charlie to his personal friend that helped him escape the Isle of Skye.” That would be John MacKinnon, an elder of Clan MacKinnon. On July 4, 1746, the MacKinnon Clan Short History states, “the Prince came to Ellogal in Skye, with £30,000 in (sic) his head, to seek shelter in the friendly MacKinnon country.” The elder MacKinnon vowed, “Never will I leave your Royal Highness in the day of danger, but will under God do all I can for you and go with you wherever you order me.” The Prince, according to Drambuie history, rewarded MacKinnon’s loyalty with the recipe to his personal elixir.