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Rusty Nail Drink Recipe

Jul 28, 2017 | Post By Brodey Sheppard
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This is a drink for Scotch lovers, combining as it does Scotch Whiskey and a Scotch Whiskey-based liqueur. You just can’t get too much of a good thing it seems.

Drambuie has been manufactured in Scotland for over a hundred years. The House of Lords chose it as the first liqueur to be integrated into their cellars, and it was doled out to British soldiers during the First World War. When the brand was sold to the makers of Glenfiddich in 2014, it fetched an estimated 100 million British pounds. The name is a short form of the Gaelic “An Dram Buidheach” which means “the drink that satisfies”.

The Rusty Nail was born during the prohibition era when the harsh taste of bootleg rot-gut was made palatable by mixing in a hefty measure of Drambuie. The drink stuck around and became a favourite with the likes of Humphrey Bogart and Frank Sinatra.

The liqueur is a secret mixture of whiskey, honey and spices. It’s on the sweet side, so you can adjust the ratio in your Rusty Nail to suit your taste. Most recipes call for equal measures, but we think it’s a better drink when you’re more heavy-handed with the Scotch.

Here’s what you need to make your own smooth drink that satisfies:


  • 30ml Drambuie
  • 45ml Scotch Whiskey
  • Twist of orange to garnish


  1. Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice.
  2. Pour in the Scotch Whiskey.
  3. Add the Drambuie.
  4. Garnish with a twist of orange.


  • Old Fashioned glass
  • Ice


scotch, drink, whiskey, drambuie, scotch whiskey


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Brodey is an enthusiastic marketing and advertising strategest out of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Brodey has always been passionate about liquor and alcohol in general. You will find Brodey on the weekends either out on the football pitch kicking goals or down the lake with a glass of wine.


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