What are the ingredients in a Rusty Nail?


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To make a classic rusty nail, combine 1 1/2 to 2 ounces blended Scotch whiskey with 1/2 ounce of Drambuie. Serve the concoction in an old-fashioned glass or a rocks glass filled with ice. Optionally, garnish the cocktail with a twist of lemon or a few dashes of Angostura bitters.

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This flavorful drink combines Drambuie, a Scotch-based liqueur, with Scotch whiskey. Although the origin of the rusty nail's name is largely unknown, the cocktail itself got its start in 1937, when F. Benniman made an early version, called the B.I.F., with 3 parts Scotch to 1 part Drambuie. Later, in the 1960s, the rusty nail had gained its name and had its recipe simplified to become one of the easiest slow-sipping cocktails to make. Some modern versions of this cocktail call for as much as equal parts of the two ingredients, which yields a sweeter drink. While mixing the cocktail, mixologists can adjust the ratio to find the balance most pleasing to each palate.

To garnish the cocktail with a twist, bartenders either cut a thin spiral of zest from a lemon with a channeling knife or peel a wider strip of zest using a vegetable peeler. To make a horse's neck, they can trim the ends of the lemon and trim the peel off the lemon, working around the fruit and downward in a single spiral.

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