If you’re a fan of strong, simple cocktails like an Old Fashioned, then you’ll definitely enjoy a Rusty Nail. The Rusty Nail cocktail, a classic blend of Scotch whisky and Drambuie, emerged in the 1930s. It gained popularity in the 1960s, particularly among the Rat Pack in New York City’s nightlife scene. Originally known as the “B.I.F.” when first introduced by the British Industries Fair, its current name was coined by the 21 Club in Manhattan.
The original Rusty Nail recipe was equal parts Scotch Whiskey and Drambuie, but I find this is ratio makes the drink too sweet. Instead, I find a 2:1 ratio works better. Here’s how I make a Rusty Nail Cocktail.