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Rusty Nail Cocktail

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Well it’s that time again, time for another edition of Cooking with Astrology. This month we are celebrating with our Scorpio friends and family. Last year’s inspiration, Ryan Gosling went and had a baby with Eva Mendes… so he is OUT! Sorry ladies, but only single/unattached men are allowed to be imaginary dates. So I went on a quest for a replacement, and found a Scottish hottie to share this Rusty Nail Cocktail with…..

This smooth tasting Rusty Nail Cocktail is made with only two ingredients and a lemon twist! cookingwithcurls.com

Hence the iconic Scottish Rusty Nail Cocktail, made with Scotch Whisky, Drambuie, and a lemon twist. As my dad would say, “this drink will put hair on your chest”!! This drink is not for the faint of heart, it is hard core! Perfect for those cold, winter nights in Scotland. Oh how I would like to share one of these with Gerard Butler!

So we start with this Rusty Nail Cocktail, then move on to this delicious Split Pea Soup…..

A big bowl of Split Pea Soup with Homemade Croutons and Bacon! cookingwithcurls.com

Then these traditional Cornish Pasties for the main course…..

An American's take on traditional Cornish Pasties! cookingwithcurls.com

and Lemon Curd Tarts for dessert…..

Sweet and tangy Lemon Curd Tarts | cookingwithcurls.com

I searched and searched for an “official” recipe for the Rusty Nail, and most Scottish sites list equal parts of Drambuie® {unique blend of aged Scotch Whisky, spices and heather honey}, and Scotch Whisky with a lemon twist. I also found many recipes that suggested using less Drambuie® for a sweeter drink. I was going for authenticity, so I went ahead and used equal parts. Play with it and see which way you prefer it. Then come back and let me know. 😉

How to make a Rusty Nail Cocktail:

Fill cocktail shaker with ice and add the Scotch Whisky and Drambuie®…..

Rusty Nail Cocktail measure cookingwithcurls.com

Unlike a martini, we are using a bar spoon to stir to combine…..

Rusty Nail Cocktail stir cookingwithcurls.com

Strain into an ice filled Old Fashioned Glass {wide brim with thick base} and serve with a lemon twist…..

A smooth and delicious Rusty Nail Cocktail! cookingwithcurls.com

Here is last year’s Cooking with Astrology Scorpio meal:

Cooking with Astrology #Scorpio | cookingwithcurls.com


This smooth tasting Rusty Nail Cocktail is made with only two ingredients and a lemon twist! cookingwithcurls.com

Rusty Nail Cocktail

This smooth tasting Rusty Nail Cocktail is made with only two ingredients and a lemon twist!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Scottish
Keyword: scotch, whisky, recipe, scorpio, drambuie, cocktail
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Serving
Calories: 265kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson


  • 1 ½ ounces Drambuie
  • 1 ½ ounces Scotch Whisky
  • lemon twist


  • Fill cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Pour Drambuie and Scotch Whisky into cocktail shaker. Shake to combine.
  • Strain into ice filled glass.
  • Garnish with a lemon twist.


Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g

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