5 Classic Whisky Cocktails for Burns Night

5 Classic Whisky Cocktails for Burns Night

Burns Night is on January 25th and if you are celebrating the night with a traditional meal of Haggis, then there should be whisky somewhere on your table. If you’re a fan then you already know that whisky is as complex, enduring and aromatic as the landscape it hails from, but did you know that it’s an excellent cocktail ingredient?

Whisky cocktails are making a comeback, experience this versatile and sophisticated ingredient with these 5 whisky cocktail recipes.

Old fashioned whisky cocktail with lemon slice

Old fashioned

Rub a piece of orange peel on the inside of a glass. Add a pinch of sugar, 3 dashes Angostura bitters, then 50 ml whisky and 3 ice cubes. Serve garnished with a twist of lemon peel.


Rusty nail whisky cocktail with slice of lemon

Rusty nail

Pour 50 ml whisky and 25 ml  Drambuie over ice. Serve with a twist of lemon peel. This is the classic recipe, but if you prefer a sweet cocktail, add a dash more Drambuie according to your taste.


Whisky sour cocktail in tumbler

Whisky sour**

Put 50 ml whisky, 1 raw egg white, the juice of 1 lemon, a pinch of sugar and a drop of vanilla extract into a cocktail shaker. Shake, add a dash of Angostura bitters, then shake again. Pour over ice and serve.

** The recipe for whisky sour contains raw eggs and is not suitable for people who are unwell or the elderly.

Two glasses of Rob Roy Manhattan whisky cocktail

Rob Roy Manhattan

Pour 50 ml whisky, 25 ml red vermouth, a dash of Angostura bitters and 5 ml Grenadine into a shaker. Stir, add ice then strain into a glass. Serve with a cherry and a twist of orange peel.

Blood & Sand Whisky Cocktail

Blood & Sand

Shake 20ml of whisky with 20ml of sweet vermouth, 20ml of cherry liqueur and 20ml of orange juice with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a cherry or strip of orange peel.

If these don’t take your fancy then have a look around on the web, there are various sites with lots of recipes, i’m sure you will find the ‘right’ cocktail.

The site of Wayne Collins the master mixer of cocktails has some fantastic cocktails, so I am sure you will find a few that you will enjoy.


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