Drink of The Weekend – MAY 17th -


Welcome to the next edition of  the FANFOOD Drink of the Weekend. Every weekend we will provide you with recipes for great drinks that are perfect for your backyard BBQ, or at your next tailgate party.


This week it’s The Rusty Nail


The Rusty Nail is the ultimate in Scotch cocktails. Traditionally, this classic cocktail is made with blended Scotch. Glenlivet 15 year single malt is my Scotch of choice here. Many prefer less Drambuie to decrease the sweetness of the drink. Scotch whisky has a fairly biting and hot taste that is counterbalanced by the honeyed, herbal overtones of the Drambuie. A Rusty Nail can be served in an old-fashioned glass on the rocks, neat, or “up” in a stemmed glass. It is most commonly served over ice. A Rusty Nail served without ice is sometimes called a Straight Up Nail. A Canadian version of the drink is called a “Donald Sutherland” and substitutes Canadian rye whisky for scotch.

The Rusty Nail took a while to find its proper place in the world. The combination of Drambuie (the world’s most distinguished Scotch-based liqueur) and the whisky it’s made from is a natural one. In 1937, it takes its first baby steps in public, in the form of the B.I.F. (“British Industries Fair.”) and credited to one F. Benniman. He served his creation up with three parts liquor to one part liqueur, with a dash of Angostura bitters.

It took another generation or so for the drink to assume its classic name and form, during which time it tried on several identities. In 1963, the chairwoman of the Drambuie Liqueur Company gave it the nod in The New York Times. Whatever name it fessed up to, no longer was the combination trying to pass itself off as a true cocktail, a before-dinner stimulator requiring certain professional skill and equipment. It was done messing around with bitters, cocktail shakers and martini glasses. Nothing could be simpler.





1 ½ oz. Scotch
½ oz. Drambuie
Garnish with a lemon twist


Cut a thin slice of the lemon peel with a knife.
Avoid keeping any of the white pith, as it will make the drink bitter.
Fill the glass with ice cubes.
Measure and add the scotch whiskey and whiskey liqueur to the glass.
Stir everything thoroughly.
Place the lemon twist in the drink for the garnish.



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