Rusty Nail is a classic Scotch whiskey cocktail made from a blend of Scotch whiskey and Drambuie, a Scotch whiskey liqueur. Rumor has it that Rusty Nail, originally developed for the British Industries Trade show in 1937, gained its real popularity in New York in the 1960s. There are also sources stating that this cocktail was found at 21 Club in Manhattan.

Drambuie is a drink made of Scotch whiskey, Scotch honey, different herbs and botanicals. The brand's name is derived from the Celtic phrase "An Drama Buidheach" (a drink that satisfies).

Let me state that Rusty Nail was consumed by Rat Pack members, especially Frank Sinatra, in the 1970s. Sinatra, in particular, is said to have a ritual of stopping by one of his favorite Manhattan restaurants, PJ Clarke's late, and ordering Rusty Nail.


  • 5 cl Scotch Whiskey (Usually Blend is used)
  • 2.5 cl Drambuie (Scotch whiskey liqueur)
  • Lemon peel


  1. Put Scotch Whiskey and Drambuie together with plenty of ice in the specified quantities in the Mixing glass.
  2. Mix with a stirrer (or any mixing stick) for about 1 minute.
  3. With the help of a strainer, separate the ice and pour your drink into an Old Fashioned type glass with a single large ice cube.
  4. Garnish with lemon peel.

A delicious Scottish classic with very aromatic, strong, sweet-spicy aromas, bon appetit!

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