Who doesn’t revere the classic Manhattan cocktail! If that tickles your tastebuds, then there is more to cheer for with an intriguing variation of it. The Bobby Burns cocktail - an impressive culmination of Scotch whisky laced with lovely liqueur.
The origins of this cocktail can be traced to the legendary Scottish poet, Robert Burns (1759-1796). However, there is an uncertain aspect regarding the name of the drink. Whilst most believed it to be associated with the poet, some attributed it to a regular visitor at the bar, who happened to be a cigar salesman. Also, interestingly, Bobby Burns is referred to as Robert Burns in the past cocktail recipe books.
Raising a toast with a Bobby Burns cocktail on 25th January to celebrate Burns Night or Burns Supper is a way to honour the birthday of this candid, witty and much loved poet who also was regarded as the national poet of Scotland. His simple background is also a characteristic of this cocktail and lends a certain modesty to its repertoire.
Scotch whisky with its reputation of being so diverse, offers more than one version of the Bobby Burns cocktail. With Scotch as the base spirit, it is a popular choice in the Scottish celebration of St. Andrew’s Day. This appetising drink is heart-warming and perfect for the winters. It promises a delicious bite of the smooth scotch and the splash of sweet liqueur, makes it a definite crowd-pleaser.
Fill your mixing glass with ice.
Top it up with 60 ml Scotch whisky, 30 ml sweet vermouth and 5 ml Benedictine.
Give it a good stir and strain it in your chilled glass.
Garnish with lemon twist, a slice of shortbread and serve.
Reminisce the golden age of the great Robert Burns’ satirical poetry with the sophisticated Bobby Burns cocktail. With its interesting blend of rich scotch and herbal Benedictine, the in-depth flavour profile soars to surprising heights.
Often overshadowed by its forerunner, the mint julep, the origin of the classic whiskey smash stands open to interpretation. The earliest dates back to 1862 and talks about a peculiarly American drink wildly popular among the denizens of the South. The recipe called for a simple concoction of muddled mint leaves and sugar with equal parts peach and regular brandy served over cracked ice.
Get-togethers are incomplete without a bowl of fruity punch. How about adding a perfect twist to the quintessential party drink with some good ol’ bourbon?
Here’s a quick recipe for a Backwoods Bourbon Punch that’s fresh in terms of its essence, quick in its method, and great to get you tipsy.
Mix your Backwoods Bourbon Punch