Category: Scotch

rustyThe Rusty Nail is the ultimate in Scotch cocktails and if you are interested in that style of whiskey, this is a drink you should be familiar with. Traditionally, this classic cocktail is made with blended Scotch, though Glenlivet 15 year single malt is my Scotch of choice here. Experiment with different types of Scotch and add more or less Drambuie (a Scotch-based liqueur) to suit your tastes, allowing the whisky’s distinct personality to shine through.

The Rusty Nail became popular in the early 50’s and was most famously enjoyed bydrambuie Frank, Dino, Sammy and Peter Lawford, otherwise known as the Rat Pack. Uisng the delicate scotch blended mixer drambuie, a blend of Scotch Whiskey, a little honey, as well as other spices, in a ratio suited to your taste, typicylly 2/3 scotch 1/3 Drambuie, don’t skimp on the Scotch. Just like a Manhattan is only as good as the Bourbon you use, a Rusty Nail is only as good as the Scotch that is in the drink.  Johnny Walker Red is good, but Black is better.


 The Blood and Sand Cocktail


The Blood and Sand Cocktail is named after a 1922 movie starring Rudolph Valentino and Rita Hayworth, which, in turn, was named after a book published in 1908 by Spanish novelist and political activist, Vincente Blasco Ibanez. Both book and film tell the tale of Juan Gallardo, a bullfighter who rises out of poverty to unprecedented heights of wealth and fame.According to John Coltharp of Seven Grand, Dale DeGroff had a not dissimilar experience when ascertaining the validity of the Blood and Sand cocktail. “Dale spent a long time looking at old cocktail manuals and revising drinks. He kept looking at the Blood & Sand saying, ‘This can’t be good.’ Then he made one and was surprised. For somebody who’s mixed as many cocktails as he has, to be surprised is really a feat.”

 Termed an “equal parts drink”–3/4 ounce measurement all around–the libation packs a dusky tropical-style punch. For a little more dusk and a touch less tropic, I suggest bumping the Scotch up to 1 full ounce.

Blood and Sand Cocktail
Makes: 1 drink

3/4 – 1 ounce Scotch
3/4 ounce freshly-squeezed orange juice
3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
3/4 ounce Heering*

1. Shake all ingredients together with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

2. Garnish with a flamed orange peel. To do this, peel a nice, wide slice of orange. Run a flame gently back and forth over the rind side, releasing the oils. With the flame still going, gently squeeze the peel into the flame over your glass. This should send the oils bursting into your drink, replete with flame. Run the peel around the rim of the glass and discard.

*Heering is simply cherry liquor. The back of my bottle explains that it is also “A fashion accessory, adding extravagance and civilization to the mix of some of the most legendary cocktails.”