Rusty Nail Drink Recipe

Have you ever tried the classic cocktail known as the Rusty Nail? Let me tell you, it’s a drink that packs a punch and is perfect for those who enjoy a strong and robust flavor. The combination of Scotch whisky and Drambuie creates a unique and complex taste that is both smooth and rich. Today, I want to share with you my personal take on the Rusty Nail drink recipe. So grab your favorite glass and let’s dive in!

The Ingredients

Before we get started, let’s gather all the ingredients we’ll need:

  • 2 ounces of Scotch whisky
  • 1 ounce of Drambuie
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon twist or orange peel (for garnish)

The Method

To create the perfect Rusty Nail, follow these simple steps:

  1. Fill your glass with ice cubes. I prefer using a rocks glass for this cocktail as it allows the flavors to slowly meld together.
  2. Pour 2 ounces of Scotch whisky into the glass. I recommend using a smoky and peaty Scotch to complement the sweetness of the Drambuie.
  3. Add 1 ounce of Drambuie to the glass. Drambuie is a Scottish liqueur made with a blend of aged Scotch whisky, heather honey, herbs, and spices. Its sweet and herbal notes add depth to the cocktail.
  4. Stir gently for about 15 seconds to combine the whisky and Drambuie, allowing the flavors to mingle.
  5. Garnish your Rusty Nail with a lemon twist or orange peel. The citrus zest adds a refreshing touch and enhances the aromas of the drink.

Personal Touch

Now that you have the basic Rusty Nail recipe, let me share my personal tips to elevate this classic cocktail:

  • Experiment with different types of Scotch whisky. From smoky Islay whiskies to smoother Highland ones, each will bring its own unique character to the drink.
  • If you prefer a sweeter Rusty Nail, you can increase the amount of Drambuie. Just be careful not to overpower the flavors of the whisky.
  • Consider aging your Rusty Nail in a barrel for a few weeks. This will impart additional depth and complexity to the cocktail, making it even more enjoyable.


The Rusty Nail is a timeless cocktail that continues to captivate whisky enthusiasts around the world. With its balanced blend of Scotch whisky and Drambuie, it’s a true testament to the art of mixology. So next time you’re in the mood for something bold and sophisticated, why not give the Rusty Nail a try? Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!