Rusty Nail cocktail

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There are approximately 147 calories in one serving of Rusty Nail cocktail.

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Serve in an

Old-fashioned glass


Lemon zest twist

How to make:

STIR ingredients with ice and strain into ice-filled glass.

1 1/2 fl oz Dewar's 12 Year Old Scotch whisky
1/2 fl oz Drambuie liqueur

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The liqueur smooths and wonderfully combines with Scotch whisky. The proportions of Scotch to Drambuie vary wildly and are a matter of taste. However, somewhere around 3:1 appears to be preferred by most.


Created in 1942 at a Hawaiian bar for the artist Theodore Anderson but popularized in the 1950s at Club 21 in New York City.

David Wondrich has traced the mixing of scotch whisky and Drambuie liqueur back to 1937 and a drink called B.I.F.. However, given that Drambuie originated in an Edinburgh cellar in 1908 we suspect the combo was first tried decades earlier.

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