Rusty Nail Cocktail Recipe


The Rusty Nail cocktail consists of Scotch (Scottish Whiskey) and Drambuie, a whiskey-based liqueur with honey and herbs. Whiskey and drambuie are usually placed in a small tumbler in a ratio of 2: 1 and stirred cold with a few ice cubes and served on the rocks. A lemon zest twist can be used as a garnish.


  • 45 ml/ 1 ½ oz. Scotch
  • 15 ml/ ½ oz. Drambuie


  1. Add all ingredients into a rocks glass with ice and stir.
  2. Garnish with lemon zest twist.


Despite its purely Scottish ingredients, the cocktail is an invention from the United States, where it became popular in the 1950s. The unusual name of the cocktail is probably due to its rust-colored color. However, according to a modern legend, the name comes from the use of rusty nails in the preparation. Scottish bartenders used rusty nails to stir up revenge on rough American customers.