The Rusty Nail is a classic cocktail made with Drambuie and Scotch, no tetanus shot required. Drambuie is a Scotch-based liqueur, so the Rusty Nail is a fantastic drink choice for anyone who is a fan of Scotch. You sip it slow, just like you sip Scotch. And, you can use your top-shelf Scotch in it without fear that it will be diluted or take anything away from its flavor or quality. The Rusty Nail is a classy, sophisticated drink with a lot of history, flavor and style, sure to please nearly anyone.
The first Drambuie and Scotch drink was served in 1937. It was created by F. Benniman who named it the B.I.F., which makes sense because it was first served at the British Industries Fair. After that, it went by many names and was served in many places. The Rusty Nail in its current carnation was first made by bartenders in Manhattan at the 21 Club in the early 60’s. The Rat Pack, a group of famous entertainers, favored the drink and this led to its widespread popularity at the time.
It’s a pretty simple drink to create, which is probably one of the reasons it’s become a classic. Drambuie is sweet, which helps to take the edge off the whisky. It’s pretty impossible to screw one up entirely. The drink is made up of only whisky, liqueur and ice. So, if it’s too sweet, add more whisky. If it’s got too much of a bite to it, add more Drambuie. If it’s not cold enough, add more ice. And, voila! It’s fixed!
It is worth noting that because it’s just whisky and liqueur, the Rusty Nail is a strong drink. It’s probably a good thing that it’s served with ice because it dilutes it a bit. And, without the ice you would basically just be drinking straight whisky. Because of that, it’s a drink more suited for the evening. Although delicious, it’s not a great idea to drink several on your lunch break and then go back in to work. And, while you won’t need a tetanus shot after drinking several Rusty Nails, if you don’t drink them in moderation, you’ll likely end up with a nasty hangover the next day.
This is a pretty simple recipe to create. Although some people seem to think that you simply must pour the ingredients in and layer them in some specific way, the IBA doesn’t seem to think so.
This recipe takes the guesswork out of the equation. You won’t have to guess what any of the measurements are. And, if it tastes off to you, you can always add more Drambuie or Scotch to fit your own preferences.
This recipe was created by Andi Gleeson. She says it’s sweeter and smoother than a traditional Rusty Nail, simply because she messed with the proportions a bit.
Some brilliant person created this drink, which blends the Scotch and Drambuie with ice cream. This drink requires a little more preparation than the original recipe because you have to use a blender, rather than simply stirring some alcohol together in a glass. But the payoff is worth it because it creates a smooth, rich and creamy texture.
This is a simple variation of the Rusty Nail with a bit of an Australian twist. There’s lots of flavor and spice, which makes it a fantastic drink to leisurely sip on a chilly evening.
This variation adds gin and lemon juice to the mix, which can balance the flavors in the Rusty Nail out a bit. It’s citrusy, sweet and a little a bit lighter, as a result. But it still captures all of the original flavor and sophistication of a Rusty Nail.
While the name may sound gross to most people, the drink is actually delicious. It was created by bartender, Zachary Nelson, who combined a Rusty Nail with a Blood and Sand. It’s a great way to add some fruity flavor to a Rusty Nail.
This is a brilliant creation that pairs Mezcal with Drambuie. The Mezcal replaces the Scotch that usually appears in a Rusty Nail, but there are so many flavors present that you won’t miss it. It’s spicy, sweet and fruity all at the same time, which makes it a great drink for Summer sipping.
You can’t go wrong with any of the recipes on this list. The Rusty Nail is so simple that you can’t mess it up, and so delicious that you’d drink it even if you had managed to somehow. No matter which version you choose, you’ll enjoy sipping these drinks so much that it’s likely to become your new favorite go-to drink.