To honour and celebrate the life and poetry of the Scottish poet Robert Burns, lets raise a glass of hearty and classic whisky scotch. Better yet, try a Scottish concoction of these cocktail recipes for something different.
An overwhelming popular choice, requiring a bit more in your cupboards to whisk up, but how worth it it will be.
35ml lemon juice
12½ml 2:1 sugar syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters
½ fresh egg white
50p-sized piece of lemon zest
Garnish with slice of orange and a cherry on a stick
Shake all of the ingredients (except for the lemon zest) hard with ice and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Squeeze the lemon zest, shiny side down over the drink so the scented oils spray across the surface. Discard the zest, add the garnish and serve.
What could be better at this time of year than a warming cocktail with the added seasonal and fruity flavour of marmalade.
20ml lemon juice
15ml white port/ruby port
5ml simple syrup
15ml orange marmalade
Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, including the marmalade. Shake hard and strain into a whisky tumbler filled with cubed ice. Garnish with thin strips of orange zest similar to the ones found in marmalade.
As a winter warmer, the Whisky Mac his a simple and classic choice. It's a mix of whisky and ginger wine. The whisky should be a Scotch whisky, usually a blended type and the ginger wine should be a green ginger wine.
45ml Johnnie Walker Black Label whisky
35ml Stone's Green Ginger Wine
Stir the ingredients with ice in an Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with a piece of candied ginger.
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