This World Whisky Day, Drambuie is raising a toast to the Rusty Nail™, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year
Fashioned from one part Drambuie and two parts Scotch, the Rusty Nail™ is best enjoyed over ice in an old-fashioned glass with a fat lemon twist garnish. Monkey Shoulder or Glenfiddich 12 Year Old make the perfect pairing to the Scotch-based liqueur for the classic serve of The Rusty Nail™. For those with a sweeter tooth, reverse the components to two parts Drambuie and one part Scotch.
The Rusty Nail™ has been formative for the development of Drambuie, which is now a highly-regarded essential to bartenders worldwide.
Cocktail historian David Woonrich records the first appearance of the cocktail in 1937 in the form of the ‘B.I.F.’, credited to one F. Benniman and named after the British Industries Fair. The serve developed over time to assume its classic name and form, and was cemented as the Rusty Nail™ by chairwoman of the Drambuie Liqueur Company Gina McKinnon in 1963.
Cocktail authority Dale DeGroff suggests the status of the the Rusty Nail™ as an alleged Rat Pack favourite may have contributed to its growth in popularity in the 60’s. It has also made an appearance in popular television series Better Call Saul.
The traditional Rusty Nail™ remains a popular serve, and has been featured in the Difford’s Guide Top 100 Cocktails and is listed by the International Bartender’s Association in their ‘Unforgettables’ category.
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