In this month of Irish pride consider the other Celtic tribe, the one from Scotland, and try this classic. The name might sound raspy, but the Rusty Nail is the classiest way of ordering what amounts to a Scotch and Scotch, with the added benefit of honeyed smoothness. Drambuie is a liqueur made with honey, heather and a blend of herbs and spices with Scotch as the base spirit. The liqueur’s sweetened herbal notes take the edge off the Scotch it’s mixed with to create this timeless drink. In the 60s, this stiff drink was a hit with the Rat Pack while carousing in some infamous New York bars, solidifying its status as a hip, man’s man drink. Frank and the boys would insist that only blended Scotch be used in a one-to-one ratio, but sometimes one needs to do it “my way.” Use a heavy pour of that cherished bottle of single-malt.
1oz Scotch whisky
Pour ingredients into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice cubes, stir and garnish with a lemon twist.