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Rusty Nail

A classic but oft-forgotten cocktail, the Rusty Nail is a smooth, scotch-based drink that’s much tamer than its name suggests.

By adding Drambuie—a honey- and herb-flavored scotch liqueur—to scotch, you are able to cut some of the biting peat flavor of scotch and really mellow the drink.  Traditionally the Rusty Nail is made with a blended scotch, but if you’re a single malt kind of guy, feel free to use a single malt to suit your taste.  You can also play with the scotch to Drambuie ratio a bit depending on how much sweetness you prefer.  A two to one ratio does the trick for me.

The Rusty Nail

2 ounces scotch
1 ounce Drambuie
Lemon twist

Add ingredients over ice to an old fashioned glass.  Stir until cold, and garnish with a lemon twist.

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Written by Kevin Gray

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