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Rusty Nail

A nearly forgotten classic, the Rusty Nail is a quintessential Whisky cocktail is a simple combination of Scotch and Drambuie the Scotch based liqueur. Believed to have been invented as early as the 1930s, it became a staple menu item in New York and New Orleans bars in the late 1960s. Popular for a minute, the inclusion of the golden colored liqueur offers a sweet complexity of heather honey, herbs, and spices to a simple mix.

Rusty Nail

  • 45ml Scotch Whisky

  • 20ml Drambuie

Combine the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain into a glass over ice. Express a lemon peel over the drink and garnish. Enjoy.

Versions of the drink can be made using any aged spirit, though blended Scotch whisky is traditional.

Other variations include:

  • The Rusty Bob, which substitutes Bourbon whisky for blended Scotch whisky

  • The Rusty Ale, in which a shot of Drambuie is added to any beer, served without ice.

  • The Smoky Nail, which uses Islay whisky (very smoky in flavor) in place of blended Scotch whisky.

  • The Clavo Ahumado (Spanish for "smoky nail"), using mezcal instead of blended Scotch whisky.

  • The Railroad Spike, often served at brunch and made with approximately four parts Cold brewed coffee to one part Drambuie in a tall glass over ice.

  • The Donald Sutherland, which substitutes Canadian rye whisky for blended Scotch whisky.

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