This Is The Perfect Ratio For A Rusty Nail Cocktail

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.

Rusty Nail Cocktail Recipe

Recipe by BeverageBeaver
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The Rusty Nail cocktail is a smooth, smoky blend of Scotch whisky and Drambuie (a honeyed Scotch liqueur).


  • 2 oz Scotch Whisky

  • 1 oz Drambuie

  • Lemon Twist For Garnish


  • In a mixing glass, combine 2 ounces of Scotch Whisky and 1 ounce of Drambuie.
  • Fill the mixing glass with ice and stir gently for 30 seconds.
  • Strain into an Old Fashioned glass filled with large ice.
  • Twist a lemon peel over the drink to express the oils and place it on the side of the glass.
  • Serve.

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