Rusty Nail

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A cocktail with one of the more unique names out there, the Rusty Nail. This Drambuie based cocktail combines the Scotch based liqueur with normal Scotch whisky for a delicious cocktail experience. If you like Scotch based liqueurs, be sure to try the Penicillin as well.

close up Rusty Nail cocktail on a pheasant glass with a bottle of Drambuie behind it
Rusty Nail

Why is it called a Rusty Nail?

Nobody actually knows why the drink is named as it is. Some say that when it was first created, it was stirred with a Rusty Nail but I find that rather hard to believe. I think it’s more likely that someone was just trying to come up with a unique name and it certainly is that!

How do you make a Rusty Nail?

To make a Rusty Nail, you need equal parts Drambuie and Scotch Whisky. Combining the two in shaker with ice and shaking until cold, you’ll then pour them over a large ice cube and serve. It’s a very easy cocktail to make given the use of only two basic ingredients.

Rusty Nail cocktail on a pheasant glass with a bottle of Drambuie behind it

The Glassware

The glassware you see depicted here is part of my HUGE pheasant glassware collection. I kind of went a bit overboard with these and I have a million variations of the look in everything from ice buckets to tumblers and even little tiny glasses for wine and cognacs. They are great and give off such a unique vintage vibe that I had to have them all.

Enjoy the cocktail!



Rusty Nail Cocktail

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Rusty Nail

A delicious combo of Drambuie and Scotch Whisky.
5 from 7 votes
Rusty Nail
Prep Time
5 minutes
Total Time
5 minutes
Boston Shaker
Karlynn Johnston


  • 2 ounces Drambuie
  • 2 ounces Scotch whisky


  • Combine ingredients in shaker with ice and shake until cold.
  • Pour over ice and serve.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 354kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Sugar: 1g

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Hey everyone! I'm Mike (Mr. Kitchen Magpie). When I'm not sharing cocktail recipes here and on my Instagram (@mrkitchenmagpie), I'm enjoying a nice bottle of scotch in a vintage glass from my barware collection.

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