Drambuie, the infamous Scotch Whisky Liqueur, is celebrating the revival of its most renowned cocktail serve The Rusty Nail bringing the festivities to Brisbane with a 5-week bar experience ‘A Night with the Nail’. The evening will be hosted at The Walrus Club located at 543 Coronation Dr, Toowong, downstairs from the award winning Regatta Hotel.
Jazz legend Herb Armstrong will be one of many treats awaiting patrons on A Night with the Nail’s launch on June 2. A Night with the Nail will continue its recurring ‘Drambuie-themed’ evening each Friday night until June 30 with an exclusive Drambuie experience and live jazz music, as guests enjoy the charm and seduction of the Prohibition-inspired speakeasy that is The Walrus Club.
The Rusty Nail is a timeless whisky cocktail born in the infamous New York nightclubs of the early 60s and served at the renowned ‘21 Club’ frequented by Hemmingway, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and JFK 12. At a time when the legendary carousing of the Rat Pack came to prominence, the Rusty Nail was adopted by the scene, confirming the drink's iconic status and establishing its place in pop culture history.
More recently, the cocktail was the drink of choice of Saul Goodman and featured in the very first episode of Netflix’s TV series Better Call Saul.
With one part Drambuie, two parts Scotch Whisky and a lemon twist over ice, it’s a simple yet rewarding cocktail that sits alongside the Martini, Negroni and Old Fashioned as one of the classics of the cocktail world. Oozing timeless cool, each sip conjures up the image of those smoky lounges, iconic characters and the free-living optimism of the 1960s.
An iconic spirit with a storied past, Drambuie has always been at the heart of cocktail culture; through prohibition (Drambuie was dropped off on the East Coast in wooden cases that would float on the sea before being picked up and smuggled into the US), the 60s New York club scene, and up to the present day.
The exact recipe for Drambuie has been a closely guarded secret since it was brought to Scotland in
- The process by which Drambuie is made has remained largely unchanged over the years and remains top secret, known only by two people in the company to this day.
The mystery surrounding The Rusty Nail is similar in sentiment. Some say the serve got its name from immigrant Scot bartenders stirring the cocktail with a rusty nail before serving it to their well heeled American patrons; however it most likely gets its name from its rusty, amber colour.
Patrons will be beckoned into the enigmatic world of Drambuie at A Night with the Nail, which will concentrate on the heritage of the jazz-influenced cocktail generation stretching back to the Rat Pack era and the Rusty Nail, but is just as prevalent with today’s cocktail culture, swinging nightlife, and universal world music appeal of the ‘jazz life’.
1 part Drambuie 2 parts Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky
Build over ice in a rocks glass and stir. Garnish with a lemon twist
Other newly introduced Drambuie cocktails include the Drambuie Fresco, Drambuie Orleans, Apiarist, and Mexican Elexir
Drambuie is an extraordinary blend of aged Scotch whisky, heather honey, spices and herbs. It is a unique spirit that offers drinkers an extraordinary taste experience. Drambuie is a bright, deep golden colour, with the aromas of aged malt whisky combined with a mix of floral and herbal overtones and rich honey. The flavour provides a kaleidoscopic taste sensation, a complex arrangement of herbal, spicy, sweet and honey notes. It’s voluptuous, mellifluous and full bodied.
William Grant & Sons, Ltd. is an independent distiller founded by William Grant in 1887. Today the luxury spirits company is run by the fifth generation of his family and distils some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch whisky, including timeless favourite Drambuie, the world’s favourite single malt Glenfiddich, The Balvenie range of handcrafted single malts and the world’s third largest blended Scotch Grant’s® as well as other iconic spirits brands such as Hendrick’s Gin and Sailor Jerry.