Bobby Burns


Recipe: Bobby Burns (serves one)

  • 2 oz. Scotch
  • 3/4 oz. sweet vermouth
  • 1/2 oz. Bénédictine
  • lemon peel

Combine ingredients with ice in a mixing glass. Stir. Strain into cocktail glass, twist lemon peel above drink to release oils, and drop peel into glass.

January 25 is the birthday of Scottish poet Robert Burns, whose best known work (at least in the US) is the lyrics to “Auld Lang Syne”. Many of his poems are in Scots dialect, so it’s fitting that his name has been attached to a classic Scotch whisky cocktail.

The Bobby Burns is in the family of Manhattan-style drinks made with whiskey and vermouth. Of course, it uses Scotch in place of the rye or bourbon; we used Johnnie Walker Black Label, a smoky blended Scotch. The other distinctive ingredient is Bénédictine, a sweet liqueur that has some bitter herbal undertones. For other similar drinks, try the Kentucky Colonel or the Creole Cocktail.

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