The Rusty Nail is a "duo" cocktail, a drink comprised of only two ingredients. Here the components are scotch and Drambuie. Drambuie is made with aged malt whisky, honey and a secret blend of herbs and spices. The name Drambuie is actually a Gaelic phrase - an dram buidheach which means the drink that satisfies. For an interesting history of this liqueur check out Drambuie on Wikipedia.

Serving this in a martini glass without ice technically makes this a Straight Up Nail as a Rusty Nail is generally served "over" or "on the rocks", both terms for on ice. The mnemonic device bartenders use to remember the ingredients for a Rusty Nail is "shoes dummy" but since I've never attended bartending school I can't tell you why those two words would trigger the memory of scotch and Drambuie! It's an interesting fact though, huh?

Anyway, if you want to try out a scotch based classic cocktail, the Rusty Nail is a good one if you're into trying out retro cocktails!

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Updated 8-2016

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