Burns Night Bevvies

Burns Night offers a chance to celebrate the life and works of legendary Scottish poet and lyricist, Robert Burns. With pubs across the nation, from John O’Groats to Land’s End, hosting tributes. Of course, they couldn’t possibly do that without raising a traditional whisky toast to the man, after all, Burns himself was partial to a wee dram.

But if you fancy trying something a bit sweeter to top off your Burns Supper, one of these simple cocktails, as recommended by the Scotch Whisky Association, should do the trick! We’re sure Rabbie would approve of a little modern twist on the ‘guid, auld Scotch drink’.

Whisky Sours

To a double Scotch add the juice of half a lemon and half a teaspoonful of sugar. Shake with ice and serve with a squirt of soda water.

Whisky Royale

25ml measure of Scotch Whisky, dash of apple schnapps (or clear apple juice), ginger ale, sliced green apple, crushed ice.

Half fill a chilled champagne flute with crushed ice. Pour in the Scotch Whisky and then the apple schnapps. Top up with ginger ale. Place a slice of green apple into the drink.

Scotch Paradise

Sugar syrup, desiccated coconut, 50ml measure of Scotch Whisky, a dash of coconut syrup, milk. Moisten the edge of a highball glass with sugar syrup and roll the glass in desiccated coconut to coat the outer edge.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the Scotch Whisky, the coconut syrup and top with milk (enough to fill the glass). Shake well and pour into the glass.

Bitter ‘n’ Twisted

In a chilled cocktail glass mix a few drops of lemon juice, 4 drops of Angostura bitters, 25ml measure of Scotch Whisky, ginger ale to top up.

Jock Collins

Scotch Whisky, 5-6 dashes lemon juice, sugar syrup, soda. Pour into a large glass and fill with soda.

Red Scotch

Shake together 25ml measure of Scotch Whisky, tomato juice, juice of half a lemon, dash of Worcestershire sauce, dash of Tabasco sauce. Fill a glass with ice and pour the mixture over and decorate with freshly ground black pepper.


Looking for somewhere to enjoy the Burns Night merriment? Check out events happening in pubs and bars near you.

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