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Bobby Burns

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Raise a toast to scotland’s national bard with the Bobby Burns cocktail. A recipe you’ll wanna share with friends.

Introducing the ‘Robert Burns’ cocktail

Scotland’s national poet left quite the legacy. Hundreds of poems, a celebratory supper and a cocktail so good you’ll drink it till the wee hours. Meet the Bobby Burns. Herbal, smoky and sweet, it’s a drink that’ll please most crowds. Best served neat with a lemon twist.

The Bobby Burns is a close cousin to a Rob Roy, a Manhattan-style drink named after another Scottish treasure. What can we say, the Scots like to commemorate their heroes in whisky form.

Bobby Burns Ingredients

How to make a Bobby Burns

  • Stir all ingredients over ice until chilled
  • Strain into chilled glass
  • Garnish with lemon twist


What better to drink on a night that honours Robert Burns than the cocktail named after him. Much like the Scottish national supper, the Bobby Burns celebrates the poet’s life and words, making it a must-have drink for Burns Night. Take a sip between readings and courses of haggis before the annual toast to the Bard.

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Bobby Burns: a cocktail history lesson

The Bobby Burns is steeped in tradition. The first record dates back to 1902, adding a ‘pony’ of scotch to a teaspoon of both vermouth and Benedictine, resulting in a ‘Baby Burns’. Later it became the Bobby we know and love.

Historians aren’t exactly sure that it’s originally named after the Scottish poet or a US salesman who opened a branch of Robert Burns cigars next to the former Waldorf Astoria. But either way, it’s now classed as the drink of Burns Night in the UK.

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