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Rusty Nail Cocktail Recipe

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Mar 27, 2020 • 1 min read

The Rusty Nail cocktail doubles down on the signature superpowers of Scottish whisky by pairing it with Drambuie, a liqueur made from scotch, spices, and honey. Cocktail historian David Wondrich notes that an early form of this bare-bones drink appeared in 1937 as the B.I.F (in tribute to the British Industries Fair). In the years since, it has spawned many variations—like the Clavo Ahumado, which swaps mezcal in for Scotch.



Rusty Nail Recipe

1 cocktail
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min


  • 1 ½ ounces Scotch whisky
  • ½ ounce Drambuie
  • Lemon twist, for garnish (optional)
  1. Combine scotch and Drambuie over ice cubes in a rocks glass.
  2. Stir well to combine, and if preferred, garnish with a lemon twist.

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