Classic 1960s Cocktails: The Rusty Rail

In the early 1960s, Hollywood’s Rat Pack was so enamoured of this cocktail, that it gained worldwide wide appeal throughout the sixties.

As rusty nail aficionados will know Drambuie can be difficult to come by in certain places in the world, such as the southern counties of England, for whatever reason. However, if you’re in a major city in Europe, Canada and the USA, you should have no difficulty getting this prize-winning cocktail.


60ml (2 ounces) of blended scotch whisky

15ml (1/2 ounce) Drambuie liqueur


Add the scotch and Drambuie into a mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled.

Strain into an old fashioned tumbler over two large ice cubes.

Rusty Nail Facts & Figures – Loved in Maine during the Pandemic

According to the latest Google Trends research, March 2020 to March 2021, people used cocktails to cheer themselves up during the Covid-19 pandemic. Those locked down at home, searched Google for “Rusty Nail”, “Rusty Nail cocktail”, and other cocktails that you can easily make at home, and the number of such searches massively increased in the USA over the past year.

Out of all of the 50 American states, one state favored the Rusty Nail above all other cocktails. This classic cocktail made with Drambuie and Scotch whisky was found to be the most popular with stay at home drinkers in the New England State, of Maine.

Best Whisky for Rusty Nail?

We think the clear favourite is Chivas Regal blended Scotch whisky.