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Oaxacan Rusty Nail

  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x


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.


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


  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.