With roots back into the early 1900s, the Rusty Nail is a manly cocktail that includes the signature bravado of Scottish whiskey with the sweetness of Drambuie, a liquor that gets its unique flavors from honey, scotch and deep, rich, luxurious spices.
Some say an early form of this very basic and yet complex-flavored drink was first noted in 1937 in a tribute to the British Industries Fair. Since then, it's gone through many variations but all focused on the simplicity of the cocktail with its earthy tones, slight sweetness, and manly effervescence. Develop your own, unique twist to this cocktail, but here is the original recipe.
- 1 ½ ounces Scotch whiskey
- ½ ounce Drambuie Liqueur
- Lemon twist for garnish (optional)
Combine Scotch and Drambuie over ice in a rocks glass. Stir well to combine, and if preferred, garnish with lemon twist. That's it.
Sit back, relax, put your feet up, breathe in the aroma of the drink before taking a small sip, and then let your taste buds settle into the rich leather slipper of a cocktail that is a traditional Rusty Nail.