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Rusty Nail Cocktail

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The Rusty Nail cocktail is a classic mixed drink that perfectly combines the robust flavors of Scotch whisky with the sweet and herbal notes of Drambuie. Typically served over ice in a rocks glass, this cocktail is known for its smooth and warming qualities, making it a popular choice for a relaxing evening drink.

Tasting Notes

The Rusty Nail opens with a rich, smoky aroma from the Scotch, complemented by the sweet and herbal scents of Drambuie. On the first sip, the drink is smooth and velvety, with the Scotch’s robust malt and oak flavors blending harmoniously with the Drambuie’s honeyed sweetness and subtle spices.

As you continue to enjoy the drink, the complexity of the flavors becomes more apparent. The smokiness of the Scotch intertwines with the herbal notes of Drambuie, creating a balanced and slightly sweet profile. The finish is long and warming, leaving a pleasant aftertaste of honey, herbs, and a touch of citrus.

Tips & Tricks

Add a twist of lemon peel for a citrusy aroma and a hint of brightness.

Add a dash of bitters to introduce a slight bitterness and enhance the complexity of the drink.

Recipe Card

Rusty Nail Cocktail

Rusty Nail Cocktail

A Sip of Tradition, a Taste of Elegance


  • 1.5 oz scotch
  • 0.75 oz Drambuie


  1. Add scotch and Drambuie in a mixing glass, with a large block of ice. Stir well to combine, cool, and dilute.
  2. Strain into a lowball glass over a large chunk of ice.
  3. Garnish with lemon peel and serve.

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