Rusty Nail

The Rusty Nail is a cocktail which was created by mixologist Harry MacElhone in 1922, in honour of the singer and actor Hoagy Carmichael. The drink contains one part Drambuie Scotch whisky to two parts iced tea. It is garnished with a lemon peel. This drink was included in Difford's Guide's Top 100 Cocktails. 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..

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1-ounce blended Scotch whisky
1-ounce Drambuie
Wedge of lemon for garnish (optional)


1. In a mixing glass, add the Scotch and Drambuie.
2. Add the ice and stir.
3. Strain into a rocks glass with ice.
4. Garnish with lemon

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