Rusty Nail

Rusty Nail Cocktail

Recipe: Rusty Nail (serves one)

  • 1 1/2 oz. Scotch
  • 1 oz. Drambuie
  • Lemon slice or lemon twist

Pour ingredients into an ice-filled rocks glass. Stir. Garnish with lemon slice or lemon twist.


The Rusty Nail is the Scotch version of the B & B. They’re both classic, two-ingredient cocktails made with an aged spirit and a sweet, herbal liqueur. In fact, the Rusty Nail was at one point called the D & S. It’s both smokier and a bit sweeter than the B & B.

The Scotch. The Rusty Nail can be made with blended Scotch, but what we have on hand is a single-malt Scotch that we also drink straight or on the rocks.  It’s the Glenlivet aged for 12 years, which isn’t super expensive.

The Drambuie. This liqueur is made in Scotland with honey, herbs, spices, and a Scotch whisky base. The name comes from the Scots Gaelic phrase an dram buidheach, meaning “the drink that satisfies”.  So apparently, if you have this with a Snickers, you’ll be all set.

You may have noticed the glass. The Magic Castle bar is one of the neatest places to go in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, we’re not actually members.

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