This cocktail is from contributor Travis Baker (@travbo530 instagram) of Coin-Op in Sacramento, Ca. This is a great example of taking a classic concept, twisting it just a little, and coming out on the other side with something completely different. For this drink, Baker took the idea of a Rusty Nail (Two to one Scotch to Drambuie) added some tasty freshness, and came out with a summer cocktail with a nice twinge of depth.
For those of you unfamiliar with Drambuie, it’s a golden colored liqueur made from scotch, honey, herbs and spices. We would love to tell you what kind of herbs and spices, but that’s all top secret information found only on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Seriously. Well, sorta. The brand was sold to William Grant & Sons in 2014. So while it was originally from Scotland, now you can just ask Mr. Grant. Or one of his sons. But we digress. Drambuie, paired often with scotch, is considered a little more of a fall drink, so in honor of Northern California about to get hot as hell, Baker has substituted the scotch for rye whiskey and added a citric element to it. Just for funsies he’s also muddled some mint in the cocktail. Just kidding, it wasn’t just for funsies, it was for tasties. Remember how Drambuie has herbs in it? Guess what? Mint is totally an herb!
Ok, so far we have some mint, some crazy honey-spice-scotch liqueur, and a brief mention of some rye whiskey. Rye has a nice dry, almost spicy note that plays really well with lemon. So to the delight of many, Baker added lemon juice to round out the drink. As with most every cocktail, there is also an addition of sweetener, in this case, simple syrup, but since Drambuie already has some sweet notes, the amount of simple syrup was wisely dialed down.
So in conclusion, Baker took the classic Rusty Nail cocktail- Scotch and Drambuie, added mint, lemon, and sugar, took out the scotch, substituted Rye whiskey instead and came out with an entirely different cocktail.
2 oz. Rye Whiskey
1 oz. Drambuie
.5 oz. Lemon Juice
.5 oz. Simple syrup
6-8 mint leaves
Take your mint leaves and gently muddle them in your Shaker Tin, If you beat them to smithereens, you get a slightly sour/bitter note, so seriously- take your aggressions out somewhere else. Next, add all your ingredients and some ice and shake. Shake hard. Shake weight. Double strain it out over ice and add a big ol’ sprig of mint for garnish.