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Cocktails at Home: Burns Night Edition

Cocktails at Home: Burns Night Edition

On January 25th, join in on the festive Burns Night celebrations, which commemorate Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns. Raise a dram or a Scottish cocktail in his honor, and try some of Scotland’s finest whiskies.


While most celebrate the Scottish bard by raising a dram of whisky on his birthday, Caorunn Scottish Gin is a delicious alternative.  Inspired by Cranachan – a traditional Scottish dessert generally made of oats, cream, whisky, and raspberries – the Cranachan Cocktail made with Caorunn Gin, is a play on this popular pudding.


Cranachan Cocktail 


1 1/4 oz. Caorunn Gin

1/2 oz. Calvados

1/2 oz. Honey Syrup

1/2 oz. Freshly squeezed lemon juice

5 raspberries

3/4 oz. Pasteurized egg white

Soda water



Shake the first six ingredients and double strain into a highball glass filled with ice and top with soda water. Garnish with a large cinnamon stick and dust with cinnamon sugar.


Old Pulteney Salted Honey Hot Toddy 


1 3/4 oz. Old Pulteney 12 Year Old Highland Single Malt Whisky

3/4 oz. Salted Hot Toddy Syrup*

1/2 oz. lemon juice

3 1/2 oz. black breakfast tea



Add the hot tea to a mug with Old Pulteney, salted hot toddy syrup, and lemon juice. Stir and garnish with a floating lemon slice.

*Salted Hot Toddy Syrup

3 1/2 oz. honey

2 – 3 slices of ginger

1 lemon peel

Tbsp peppercorns


  • To make the syrup, add the honey to a pot and heat it up. Watch for it to bubble and begin to go dark in color as the sugars caramelize.
  • While the honey is heating up, make a cup of black tea. 
  • When the honey is on the dark side, add the tea along with the ginger slices, lemon peel, and a tbsp of peppercorns.
  • Simmer for about 20 minutes to allow the flavors to marry, then remove from the heat and strain.  
  • While cooling, add a pinch of salt to taste.

Granty Burn Old Fashioned 

Perfect for Burns Night is an easy twist on an old-fashioned made with The Speyburn 10-Year-Old. Notes of spice and citrus make it a delightful wintertime libation.


2 1/2 oz. Speyburn 10 Year Old

1/2 oz. simple syrup

3 dashes orange bitters



Add ingredients to a rocks glass with ice and stir well. Garnish with an orange peel.

The Macallan Great Scott


  • 2 oz The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old
  • 0.5 oz Sweet vermouth
  • 0.24 oz Honey
  • 3 Dashes Angostura bitters
  • Glass: Rocks


  • Combine all ingredients in a rocks glass, and add ice.
  • Stir until chilled.
  • Garnish with an orange twist.