the rusty nail – gayfratdorm cocktail of the week

drink-rusty-nailFor scotch fans everywhere.


We always thought this one was called Rusty Nail because you could pour it in the floor, walk through it, and catch gangrene. (Aughra isn’t a big fan of Scotch Whisk(e)y. But – she is a great fan of the boys who are!)


  • 1-1/2 oz. Scotch Whiskey (Whisky if you’re English)
  • 1-1/2 oz. Drambuie
  • 2 ice cubes

Best mixed in the serving glass:

Add the ice to an Old Fashion – style glass (a DOF, some call it.) add Scotch first then Drambuie, stir gently. Garnish with a lemon twist unless your guests are chugging.

The Rusty Nail (named for how it was stirred when “invented” in the 1920s speakeasies) is a sipping drink much like the less sophisticated single-liquor drink, “Bourbon and Branch.”

Still, there’s no reason to pull down your best single-malt for this drink. Those are saved back as sipping scotches and not mixing.

For this drink, I’d use a middle-range Scotch, and definitely not “rail.”

Drambuie is a brand name, and we suggest not using off-label substitutes: they will weaken the flavor. Drambuie is a liqueur that is based on Scotch Whisky so you are getting a taste of two variations of the same liquor family, and the Drambuie adds sweetness.


p.s. – we used both spellings of the liquor in this recipe. The American labels are usually spelled “Whiskey” while some of the higher-priced Europeans are spelled “Whisky”

Bottoms up!





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