Rusty Nail cocktail

Rusty nail cocktail
A Rusty Nail cocktail is a smooth and simple cocktail which is perfect for whiskey lovers, and made by mixing Drambuie and Whiskey. The whiskey brings a warming taste to it which is counterbalanced by the herbal and honeyed tones of the Drambuie.
The Rusty Nail is often credited to the bartenders at 21 Club in Manhattan, who created it in the early 1960s. The cocktail's name was confirmed in 1963, by Gina MacKinnon, the chairwoman of the Drambuie Liqueur Company, gave the Rusty Nail her endorsement in The New York Times.
A Rusty Nail served without ice is sometimes called a Straight Up Nail.
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • Lowball glass


  • 25 ml Scotch whiskey
  • 25 ml Drambuie
  • ice cubes

To garnish

  • 1 orange slice


  • Half fill the glass with ice cubes. 
  • Pour in the whiskey and Drambuie.
  • Stir to mix the whiskey, Drambuie and ice. 
  • Garnish with the slice of orange.


units: 2
The whiskey a Rusty Nail is made from first appeared in 1937. Although the cocktail itself had many names before finally being cemented in 1963 in the New York times, with permission from Drambuie.

Please note that the units field is an estimation, and will vary depending on the type and quantity of alcohol used. Please drink responsibly and legally.