Rusty Nail Cocktail – Original 1937 British Industries Fair Recipe

The best guess is the rusty nail was invented at the 1937 British Industries Fair and lived on in Britain for a couple more decades as the B.I.F. or a Drambuie and Scotch. It fell out of favor in Britain during the late 50s early 60s, but grew in favor in the USA during that same time. In the United States it was called a Rusty Nail and one of go to drinks of the Rat Pack. Solidifying it to Americans as a cool drink to drink to order. No one really knows why its called a rusty nail in the United States. There are a few guesses and fun sounding stories as to how it got its name. Like a bar tender loosing his spoon and using a rusty nail to stir the drink, or some folks saying it could cure tetanus, but obviously those are silly not true.

Rusty Nail Cocktail
Rusty Nail Cocktail

Rusty Nail ingredients:

  • 60 mls (2 oz) Scotch
  • 20 mls (2/3 oz) Drambuie

Add Ice To Mixing Glass. Combine all ingredients in the mixing glass. Stir the ingredients for 20 – 30 seconds to properly chill and dilute the drink. Strain into glass.

ABV = 40%

Originated from London, UK

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