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Rusty Nail

The Rusty Nail cocktail is a robust and warming libation with a rich history dating back to the mid-20th century. Originating in the 1930s, its precise origins are uncertain, but it gained popularity in the 1960s and became a favorite among whisky enthusiasts. This simple yet sophisticated cocktail is made by blending Scotch whisky with Drambuie, a sweet and herbal liqueur, resulting in a smooth and flavorful drink.

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Ingredients and Tools:

  • 60 ml (2 oz) Scotch whisky

  • 30 ml (1 oz) Drambuie

  • Ice cubes

  • Mixing glass

  • Stirring spoon

  • Jigger

  • Old-fashioned glass

  • Lemon twist for garnish (optional)

Preparation Steps:

  1. Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice cubes.

  2. Measure and pour 60 ml (2 oz) of Scotch whisky into the glass.

  3. Add 30 ml (1 oz) of Drambuie to the glass.

  4. Stir the mixture gently with a stirring spoon for about 15-20 seconds to combine the ingredients and chill the drink.

  5. Optionally, garnish with a lemon twist by expressing the oils over the cocktail and twisting the peel to release its aroma.

Flavor Profile:

The Rusty Nail cocktail offers a harmonious blend of bold, smoky flavors from the Scotch whisky, balanced by the sweetness and herbal complexity of Drambuie. It's a warming and comforting cocktail that's perfect for sipping on chilly evenings or as a nightcap.

Mixoloco - Mixology Tips:

  • Choosing Scotch Whisky: Selecting the right Scotch whisky is crucial for achieving the desired flavor profile in your Rusty Nail. Opt for a whisky with robust and smoky characteristics to complement the sweetness of the Drambuie.

  • Ratio Adjustment: The ratio of Scotch whisky to Drambuie can be adjusted to suit personal taste preferences. Experiment with different ratios until you find the perfect balance of whisky and liqueur.

  • Chilling Technique: Properly chilling the Rusty Nail is essential for enhancing its flavors and achieving the ideal drinking temperature. Stir the cocktail with ice for the appropriate amount of time to achieve the perfect balance of chill without over-dilution.

  • Glassware Choice: While the Rusty Nail is traditionally served in an old-fashioned glass, you can also enjoy it in a rocks glass or a coupe glass for a touch of elegance. Don't hesitate to experiment with different glassware options to suit the occasion.

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