If you are looking for a quick and easy cocktail to serve at your next get-together, why not try the Rusty Nail? Supposedly the ultimate with the Cocktail Set, a Rusty Nail is quick and easy to make and, unlike traditional rusty nails, it does not require the administration of a tetanus shot, afterward!
This is a simple cocktail and the ideal choice for anyone who is a lover of good Scotch Whiskey! Even though you can bring the final cocktail to the party, I suggest making it there. Not only the process is simple and quick, but you will surely impress every guest! Not to mention that the cocktail should be served immediately after the preparation process, as the ice rocks would melt otherwise. So, just bring your essentials and do your twist! You will thank me!
Last but not least, we strongly recommend bringing something to eat as well, like guacamole, chicken nachos, or some super tasty fries. Believe me, the alcohol should never be served on an empty stomach! Therefore, just go for a simple recipe from my blog and that’s it! Now, you are ready to attend any friendly gathering!
WHAT INGREDIENTS YOU NEED TO MAKE RUSTY NAIL COCKTAIL
First of all, the best thing about this cocktail recipe is that you only need three basic ingredients to make a Rusty Nail.
|2 ounces Drambuie|
|2 ounces Scotch Whiskey|
Drambuie is a sweet, gold-colored liqueur with a Scotch Whiskey base, accented with the additional flavors of Scottish heather, herbs, honey, and spices. Additionally, it is produced in Scotland and there are no real substitutions for its signature taste!
There is an abundance of whiskeys on the market today but what you want for this is a true Scotch Whiskey. Scotch whiskey is only made in Scotland and has a very distinct smoky flavor which comes about by its being distilled over peat-fuelled fires enabling it to come into contact with the malt.
To be officially classed as Scotch Whisky it must be produced in Scotland and matured in Oak Casks for a minimum of three years. The entire process is nothing short of an artform; four ingredients – water, malt, peat and yeast – are refined through fermentation and distillation and then maturation. Each step has a subtle but tangible impact on the overall taste, and though the process is always the same, Scotland’s five regions produce Scotch whiskies with key differences.
HINTS AND TIPS TO MAKE A RUSTY NAIL COCKTAIL
With just a few tips you are not far away from making the perfect Rusty Nail!
- First of all, read through and familiarise yourself with everything you need to gather and use to make this cocktail.
- Then, gather your ingredients, using the best Drambuie and Scotch Whiskey you can afford.
- Also, make sure you have plenty of ice for use both in the shaker and the glass. However, some people prefer a ball of ice in their glass as they say it melts slower. If you choose that too, the ice won’t diluting the cocktail as quickly, allowing you to sip this cocktail at your leisure. Equally, I recommand this technique for anyone, but myself. I am an old-fashioned style lover, so I will stick to the old technique.
- Equally important, avoid over-stirring/shaking. While you want your ingredients to be perfectly mixed and cold, too much agitation in the shaker will over-dilute the drink.
- Make sure you have the proper glasses for this cocktail. Traditionally the “Old-Fashioned” glass is used, which is a short squat glass.
- Additionally, make sure your glass is well chilled and filled with lots of ice for serving and perfect chilling.
- Finally, have some garnishes ready to make the drink a bit prettier. Usually a twist of lemon peel is used, but do not be afraid to garnish the drink with stemmed maraschino cherry if you wish. However, here you can let your imagination do the job! Pick anything you find attractive for your friends and decorate you cocktail!
PREPARING THE RUSTY NAIL COCKTAIL: STEPS
- Have ready a short glass filled with ice.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the Whiskey and the Drambuie.
- Cover the shaker and shake together quickly, without overdoing it, until well chilled and mixed together.
- Pour over the ice in the glass. If you like, you can add a maraschino cherry with a stem to garnish or a twist of lemon.
How did the Rusty Nail get its name? Nobody knows for sure. However, I have heard it said that when it was first created, it had been stirred with a rusty nail. Even though I tend to think that might have been a bit unsanitary, you can’t deny rumors. Also, I think it probably got its name from its beautiful amber color too.
Even though its name may not be the most appealing name for a cocktail, one thing is for sure; the Rusty Nail Cocktail is a somewhat mellow, very approachable drink. The sweet honey and heather notes of the Drambuie combine well with the robust flavors of the Scotch, creating a beautiful cocktail that is the perfect blend of slightly sweet, herbal with a note of peat and smoke.
All in all, this is the whole recipe and even some extra interesting facts about this cocktail for my beloved readers. As you could see, the Rusty Nail is anything but complicated or time-consuming. So, give it a try and impress your friends and family.
Also, I would love to hear all your thoughts about the recipe. Tell me what do you think about it in the comments section below. Not to mention that if you have further questions, I aspect all of them there too. Feel free to ask anything you like on the topic! I just love to talk about this wonderful cocktail!Print
- 2 ounces Drambuie
- 2 ounces Scotch Whiskey
- Have ready a short glass filled with ice. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Add the Whiskey and the Drambuie. Cover the shaker and shake together quickly without overdoing it until well chilled and mixed together.
- Pour over the ice in the glass. If you like, you can add a maraschino cherry with a stem to garnish or a traditional twist of lemon.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Category: Dinner
- Calories: 140
Marie Rayner is a retired Chef, freelance writer, recipe developer, food blogger, and Cookbook author. She makes her home in Chester, UK, where she lives with her husband, Todd, and their much beloved English Cocker, Mitzie. Her motto is “Life is far too short to eat bad food,” and her goal is to share delicious and easy recipes which anyone can enjoy and cook in the comfort of their own home.