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8 whisky cocktails to drink with your Burns Night supper

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On January 25th, Scots and poets come together to honour the life and words of Robert Burns. This annual celebration marks a national treasure. And there’s plenty of ways to get involved. From addressing the haggis to poetic readings, Burns Night traditions are far and wide.

And it wouldn’t be Burns Night without whisky. Celebrating with a dram is a Scottish tradition. And Scotland’s national day is no different. From a scotch on the rocks to a modern twist on a whisky classic, there’s plenty of ways to join in.

Raise a toast to Robert Burns with our best Burns Night cocktails.

Bobby Burns

Where better to start than a drink named after the man himself. The Bobby Burns is a simple classic created in honour of Scotland’s national bard. You’ll want to drink this one till the wee hours.

Whisky, sweet vermouth and herbal bitters combine to create a smoky, sweet flavour that we love served neat with a lemon twist. Take a sip of this Burns Night cocktail between bites of haggis and raise a glass to Bobby.

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Bobby Burns

Raise a toast to Scotland’s national bard with this sophisticated cocktail.


Rob Roy

Another drink named after another national treasure. Scots really know how to celebrate their heroes. The Rob Roy cocktail pays tribute to Robert Roy MacGregor, a Robin Hood-like outlaw who helped the poor. And the drink’s just as legendary.

The classic recipe is whisky twist on a Manhattan cocktail, made with Ballantine’s 12 for extra warming smoothness. There’s also a bunch of Rob Roy cocktail variations you can remix to put your own spin on Burns Night drinking.

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Rob Roy

For those in the know, a Rob Roy is simply a Manhattan made with scotch. But also, it’s the shot of Ballantine’s 12 that makes it a true Scottish legend.

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Whisky on the Rocks

As the pinnacle in the Ballantine’s range, the 30 year old has been garnished with a simple cube of ice, in order to accentuate its natural depth and layers.


Scotch on the Rocks

Do as the Scots do and drink a dram of whisky neat. Or serve it chilled with a Scotch on the Rocks. A simple cube of ice (extra large to slow down the melt) elevates the whisky’s natural flavours. 

Use your favourite bottle of Ballantine’s, or if you don’t know where to start, serve up our 30 year old whisky. This rich, golden blend is powerful, luxurious and complex. Perfect for drinking this Burns Night.

Atholl Brose

Hold dessert, this Burns Night cocktail is taking centre stage. The Atholl Brose is an epic Scottish drink that deserves a place at your Burns Night supper. It’s sweet, creamy and seriously easy to sip all night long.

Serve after dinner, before dinner or alongside your last course to end on a sweet note. Made with honey, cream, Drambuie, oats and Ballantine’s whisky, there’s not much in this recipe that isn’t Scottish.

Old Fashioned

Celebrate Burns Night with a cocktail that’s said to be as old as the poet himself. The Old Fashioned is as good as they come. It’s perfectly smooth and spicy. The ultimate way to drink Ballantine’s 7 American Barrel, our take on a sweet bourbon.

Whisky, sugar, bitters and orange peel are the traditional ingredients to an Old Fashioned. But we’ve gone for extra citrus with dashes of orange bitters to contrast the sweetness of our scotch. Make it your way with our favourite Old Fashioned variations

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Old Fashioned

Our favourite way to enjoy an Old Fashioned is with Ballantine’s 7 Bourbon Barrel Finish, with a couple of dashes of orange bitters to complement the sweet notes of the whisky.

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Sazerac Twist

Ballantine’s 17 Year Old has both a richness and complex spicy notes, so naturally works fantastically well in a Sazerac-style serve.


Sazerac Twist

Add a bit of smokiness to your Burns Night celebrations with griddled meats, smoked salmon and our rich and smoky cocktail, the Sazerac. We’ve added a few twists to pump up the complex, spicy flavours. Notably bitters and absinthe, which both add a lingering herbal taste.

Make your Sazerac-style cocktail with Ballantine’s 17 Year Old, our velvety blend that has a subtle smoky depth.

Whisky Sour

Another whisky classic, another great cocktail for Burns Night. You can’t go wrong with a Whisky Sour. This silky, smooth drink highlights the best parts of scotch, adding a slightly sour tang with fresh lemon.

Drink it original, or do it your way with a Whisky Sour variation. We love a Cherry Whisky Sour for extra fruitiness or a New York Sour that adds an extra layer or red wine for spicing up those winter nights.

Whisky and Bitters

Whisky and Bitters is a classic combo – essentially an Old Fashioned without the orange, all you need is scotch, sugar and bitters. 

This simple drink is made for sharing – and impressing. Simple, sophisticated and seriously easy to make. The perfect Burns Night cocktail for when your supper’s coming to a close.

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Whisky Sour

This cocktail is 150 years old, yet you’ll still find it in the trendiest bars. Give it a go with your favourite Ballantine’s!

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Discover more whisky cocktails to drink this Burns Night from classic serves to mixers and highballs. We’ve also got ideas on how to pair your whisky with food to inspire your Burns Night supper. Celebrate your way with Ballantine’s.

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