On 25 January each year, poetry fans around the globe gather to celebrate the birthday of Scottish poet Robert Burns.
Born on this date in 1759, it has become a long-standing tradition for friends and family to assemble for a Burns Night supper of haggis and merriment, which wouldn’t be complete without a dram, or two, of Scotch whisky.
Burns frequently referenced Scotland’s native spirit in his writing, including Tam O’Shanter, Scotch Drink and The Author’s Earnest Cry and Prayer, which are often quoted as toasts during Burns Night supper celebrations. And to enhance the celebrations this year, we've sourced a selection of Scotch whisky cocktail ideas from some of the best bartenders in the business.
But if you’d rather leave the cocktail making to the pros, there are one or two Burns Night cocktail offers and events included below that are sure to provide ample enjoyment.
FOR RHYME NOR RAISIN, THE SUN TAVERN, LONDON, UK
40ml Glenfiddich 12 Year Old
10ml Raisin-infused amontillado Sherry
20ml Cocchi Torino sweet vermouth
2 dashes The Bitter Truth Pimento Dram
Stir all ingredients together over ice in a mixing glass and strain into a Sour or Nick and Nora glass.