Rusty Nail Recipe

Today, renewed interest in mixology and classic drinks is helping the Rusty Nail make a comeback. The combination of blended scotch whiskey and Drambuie makes for a drink with a little sweetness and a little bite… no tetanus shot required. 

Whiskey Cocktail

Rusty Nail Cocktail With Lemon Peel Garnish

Today, renewed interest in mixology and classic drinks is helping the Rusty Nail make a comeback. The combination of blended scotch whiskey and Drambuie makes for a drink with a little sweetness and a little bite - no tetanus shot required.

Related To:

The Rusty Nail is 100 percent liquor (meant for smooth sipping). More specifically, as Drambuie is a scotch based liqueur, you are getting a lot of scotch whiskey flavor. The subtle sweetness of the Drambuie paired with the lemon simply helps to tame some of the hotness of the scotch. Because of the straight-forwardness of it, you will want to be sure to choose a quality scotch whiskey to make this drink.

As with most cocktails with any lineage, there are many variations on the theme. We have presented a fairly safe starting point with our recipe, but you may like yours a little more or less sweet. To lessen the sweetness, simply increase the ratio of scotch to Drambuie.

Ingredients

1/2 ounce (15 ml) Drambuie
1-1/2 ounces (45 ml) blended Scotch whiskey
lemon twist

Instructions

1. Fill a rocks glass with ice.

2. Add liquid ingredients to glass and stir together with a bar spoon.

3. Release the essence from the lemon peel over the drink. Garnish with a fresh lemon peel. 

Rusty Nail Mixed Drink

Rusty Nail Cocktail on Ice With Fresh Garnish

Today, renewed interest in mixology and classic drinks is helping the Rusty Nail make a comeback. The combination of blended scotch whiskey and Drambuie makes for a drink with a little sweetness and a little bite.

Next Up

Recipe: Cole DeBoer's Twist on a Shirley Temple Is So Tasty

Ring in the New Year with the Down Home Fab host’s fun kid mocktail and his cocktail twist for the adults.

Dia de los Muertos Mule Cocktail

The traditional Moscow Mule gets a spicy twist using tequila and a pinch of ancho chile powder. Plain mini sugar skulls can be purchased online, then decorated at home with our instructions.

Hot White Russian With Salted Caramel Cocktail Recipe

With its rich flavor and kick of caffeine, this hand-warming version of the classic White Russian cocktail is a great adult alternative to hot chocolate.

Amaretto Sugar Cookie White Cocoa Cocktail Recipe

Try this decadent twist on white hot cocoa during chilly months. The smooth almond flavor of Amaretto liqueur adds warmth, while the whipped cream and cookies are fun garnishes for this grown-up version of hot chocolate.

Warm Old-Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

Perfect for relaxing on a cold winter night, this drink will warm up the evening with a hot version of the classic cocktail.

Blood Orange Hot Toddy Cocktail Recipe

Swap out the lemon in your standard hot toddy with the sweet raspberry citrus flavor of seasonal blood orange for a delicious variation on the classic cocktail.

Hot-Buttered Bourbon Cocktail Recipe

For a comforting and yummy twist on classic hot buttered rum, try this bourbon cocktail to keep you warm all winter. It’s a cozy drink that's perfect for chilly winter nights.

Halloween Shimmering Cherry Mocktail or Cocktail Recipe

This bewitching concoction combines the deep, rich flavor of cherry with lime and presents a touch of eerie elegance with its shimmering appearance. Perfect for Halloween parties or simply indulging in the supernatural flavor of dark cherry.

How to Make Traditional Wassail in a Slow Cooker

The flavor of this aromatic holiday drink deepens as the ingredients steep in your slow cooker. Place all the ingredients in the pot to warm as you make preparations for your party. When guests arrive, they can help themselves to a cup of Christmas cheer.

Go Shopping

Get product recommendations from HGTV editors, plus can’t-miss sales and deals.

On TV

Home Town

7am | 6c

Home Town

8am | 7c

Home Town

9am | 8c

Home Town

10am | 9c

Home Town

11am | 10c

Bargain Block

12pm | 11c

Bargain Block

1pm | 12c
7pm | 6c
7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

House Hunters

8pm | 7c

House Hunters

8:30pm | 7:30c

House Hunters

9:30pm | 8:30c

House Hunters

10pm | 9c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

House Hunters

11:30pm | 10:30c

House Hunters

12am | 11c

House Hunters

12:30am | 11:30c

House Hunters

1am | 12c

House Hunters

2:30am | 1:30c

House Hunters

3:30am | 2:30c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.