Rusty Nail Recipe

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Rusty Nail

  • Author: Ingrid Visockiene
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Serving 1x


The Rusty Nail is a cocktail with a rich, smoky flavour that combines the peaty complexity of Scotch whisky with the sweet, honeyed tones of Drambuie.

I like this blend due to its simplicity and balance. It’s a warm, soothing sip that is bold and smooth, thanks to the Drambuie, a Scotch whisky liqueur infused with honey, herbs, and spices.

Emerging in the 1950s and reaching peak popularity in the 1960s and 70s, the Rusty Nail has stood the test of time, and I have noticed that it’s having a bit of a revival.


  • 1 1/2 oz or 45 ml Scotch whisky
  • 1/2 oz or 15 ml Drambuie
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon twist (for garnish)


  1. Prep: Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour: Add the Scotch whisky and Drambuie.
  3. Combine: Stir gently to mix and chill the ingredients.
  4. Garnish: A twist of lemon.


Its name, evocative of the cocktail’s robust and enduring nature, hints at the drink’s simplicity and ability to stand the test of time, much like the tool it’s named after.

  • Prep Time: 2 Minutes
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Cuisine: Cocktail


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 158
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 4g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 0g

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