Rusty Nail

Fill rocks glass with

  • Crushed Ice

Add (in this order):

  • 1.5 oz Scotch
  • 1.5 oz Drambuie

If you add the Scotch first the drink won’t need much mixing since the Drambui is the heavier liquor and settles through, blending with the Scotch.

Many recipes call for more Scotch (2.25 oz Scotch, .75 oz Drambuie) but I prefer the sweeter half-and-half blend. Since Drambuie is in fact made from Scotch, blended with honey, herbs and spices, this drink is a Scotch lover’s dream!

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Irish Coffee

Place in a mug (preferably an Irish coffee mug):

  • 1.5 oz (1 shot) Irish whiskey
  • 1 tsp brown sugar

Get a small plate handy. You’ll need it quickly.

Steam this with the steamer on an espresso machine until it’s about as hot as coffee. About 160-180 degrees Ferenheight if you’re counting. Using a grill lighter or match immediately ignite the vapors of the whiskey, let burn for one to three seconds, and snuff by placing the small plate over the cup.

Make and add to the cup:

  • 1 shot espresso

Top with:

  • Lightly whipped cream

The whipped cream should not be whipped as much as you would for other purposes but rather be to soft peaks.

The shortcuts

We don’t all have espresso machines or want to whip our own cream for just one drink, so here are some possible shortcuts…

You could probably do the whiskey and brown sugar mixture in the microwave. You’ll still want to ignite it. That is a very important step.

Strong black coffee could be substituted for the espresso.

For the whipped cream, buy the stuff in the can and don’t shake the can before you use it. You’ll get a thicker, more liquid cream out that’s perfect for this recipe.

Thanks to Amy for reminding me of this recipe. It’s been a long time since I made it, but I think I remembered it all.

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