Oaxacan Rusty Nail

This easy cocktail is made with mezcal, Drambuie, orange bitters, jalapeno, and orange peel.  The perfect blend of smoky, spicy, citrusy, and slightly-sweet -- so good!! | gimmesomeoven.com

I realized the other day that it has been forever since I’ve shared a new cocktail recipe here on the blog.  I think it’s high time to remedy that…

…with some mezcal.  🥃 🇲🇽 🤗 🙌🏻

Barclay and I are still on a smoky cocktails kick this year.  (Well, more often than not, just going for straight scotch or mezcal.  😉)  But when we do feel like mixing, my favorite drink to make these past few months has been a mezcal twist on the classic “rusty nail”, inspired by a cocktail that we had on our trip to Omaha.

I gave the bartender my usual request — something smoky, and not too sweet — and he recommended one of his favorites called “Luchador’s Inferno”.  The menu said that it was made with habanero-infused mezcal, Drambuie, and orange bitters.  And after taking one sip, I was absolutely sold…and couldn’t figure out what those magical spicy, scotch-y, herb-y, honey-y, flavors were that I was tasting in there that paired so perfectly with the spicy mezcal?!

The answer, of course?

Drambuie.

A.k.a. – my favorite new mixer.

This easy cocktail is made with mezcal, Drambuie, orange bitters, jalapeno, and orange peel.  The perfect blend of smoky, spicy, citrusy, and slightly-sweet -- so good!! | gimmesomeoven.com

I’m guessing many of you are well familiar with the brilliance of Drambuie, but it was new to me.

As the bartender told me, it’s this delicious mixer that pairs well with just about anything in the tequila (and mezcal) or whiskey (and scotch) families.  It’s a sweet, golden liqueur that’s made from scotch whiskey, honey, herbs and spices.  And my goodness, it tastes so interesting.

So of course, I had to buy a bottle once we arrived home from that trip.  And in the past six months or so, I’ve served it to at least dozen or so friends.  And each time, it proves to be the kind of mixer that makes everyone cock their heads for a second, then smile and ask, “What is in this drink?!”

“Magic”, I say.  😉

This easy cocktail is made with mezcal, Drambuie, orange bitters, jalapeno, and orange peel.  The perfect blend of smoky, spicy, citrusy, and slightly-sweet -- so good!! | gimmesomeoven.com

Of course, I also had to try my hand at re-creating that amazing cocktail from Omaha.  And right off the bat, I think I nailed it.

Upon researching Drambuie cocktails, I realized that this is really just a mezcal version of the classic “rusty nail” cocktail, which is traditionally made with scotch.  I also added in a few dashes of orange bitters, muddled a slice of jalapeno in my drink (in lieu of infusing the mezcal with habanero), and then ran an orange peel around the rim of the glass and added it in as a twist at the end.

This easy cocktail is made with mezcal, Drambuie, orange bitters, jalapeno, and orange peel.  The perfect blend of smoky, spicy, citrusy, and slightly-sweet -- so good!! | gimmesomeoven.com

And oh my goodness, you guys.  I am such a fan of this drink!

It really is the perfect balance of smoky, spicy, citrusy, and ever-so-slightly-sweet.  And the Drambuie adds in the most interesting little notes of herbs and spices that my friends and I all love.  And the best part?  It’s easy to make in just 2 or 3 minutes flat.

Super simple, and super delicious.

This easy cocktail is made with mezcal, Drambuie, orange bitters, jalapeno, and orange peel.  The perfect blend of smoky, spicy, citrusy, and slightly-sweet -- so good!! | gimmesomeoven.com

So for anyone else who hasn’t discovered Drambuie yet, just wanted to share the smoky love!  Cheers!  🥃

Oaxacan Rusty Nail

This Oaxacan Rusty Nail cocktail is made with mezcal, Drambuie, orange bitters, jalapeno, and an orange peel. So simple, and the perfect blend of all things smoky, spicy, citrus-y, and ever-so-slightly-sweet.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces mezcal (or tequila)
  • 3/4 ounce Drambuie
  • 3 dashes orange bitters
  • optional: 1 slice jalapeño*
  • ice
  • 1 orange peel

Directions:

  1. Add mezcal, Drambuie, orange bitters, and jalapeño slice (if using) to a cocktail shaker.  Use a muddler or a spoon to slightly muddle the jalapeño.
  2. Add a handful of ice to the cocktail shaker, and stir or shake vigorously for 20 seconds or until the mixture is completely chilled.
  3. Run the orange peel around the rim of the glass.  Then give it a twist to express the oils, and place it in the glass.  Strain the chilled cocktail mixture on top of the orange peel.
  4. Serve immediately.

*The Drambuie itself already packs a little heat.  So I recommend mixing the other ingredients first and giving the drink a taste, and then adding in extra jalapeno if you'd like.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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  1. Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog — February 10, 2017 @ 7:35 am (#)

    Ah, I always love food that is citrusy!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  2. Stacy — February 10, 2017 @ 9:21 am (#)

    I have a spicy champagne cocktail I’m in love with. But I adore mezcal with all my heart. The smokey/spiced/sweet combo sounds like an actual dream. I know nothing about Drambuie but I’m super excited to try it!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 11th, 2017 @ 9:54 pm

      Oooh, we’re intrigued by that spicy champagne cocktail — yum! We hope you can give this a try (you definitely have to try Drambuie — we love it)! :)

  3. Sara @ Last Night's Feast — February 10, 2017 @ 9:39 am (#)

    Yum yum! How long til 5 o clock?

  4. Adrienne | Appetites Anonymous — February 10, 2017 @ 2:07 pm (#)

    This cocktail sounds wonderful! I had never heard of Drambuie… Definitely going to need to buy some ASAP. Thanks for sharing!!!

  5. Laurie — February 10, 2017 @ 2:33 pm (#)

    What’s in this drink? Magic, I say. Brilliant writing! The drink looks so good. Will make it soon.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 11th, 2017 @ 10:08 pm

      Thank you Laurie, that’s very sweet of you, and we hope you love the cocktail! :)

  6. Kari — February 10, 2017 @ 4:17 pm (#)

    Those flavors sound incredible!
    Kari

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 11th, 2017 @ 9:26 pm

      Thanks, we hope you enjoy!

  7. Carlos At Spoonabilities — February 11, 2017 @ 8:46 am (#)

    This drink looks so stunning clear, straightforward and drinkable:).

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 12th, 2017 @ 7:30 pm

      Thanks, Carlos (trust us, it’s very drinkable) – we hope you can try it soon! :)

  8. Lizziie — February 15, 2017 @ 1:40 pm (#)

    Drambuie, huh? Haven’t had/used it for a thousand years. Will remedy that situation immediately. Nearly licked my monitor, but restrained myself. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 15th, 2017 @ 6:05 pm

      Haha! It’s so good, right?! We hope you enjoy the cocktail as much as we do. :)

  9. Lizziie — February 16, 2017 @ 6:58 pm (#)

    Well, this recipe spurred on about an hour’s worth of research about Mezcal, absolutely fascinating how it’s made. Thanks for creating a diversion from a stormy afternoon. We do “cocktails and steak” on Sundays, and can’t wait to make this. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 17th, 2017 @ 10:19 am

      Yeah, we’re pretty much obsessed with Mezcal! :D We hope you enjoy this one!

  10. Lizziie — February 21, 2017 @ 11:18 am (#)

    Well, since Mezcal was about $50 per bottle, we opted for Hornitos Reposado Tequila. Outstanding drink, true sunshine in a stemmed glass. The orange peel was the perfect touch!