Thinking of raising a toast to Rabbie?
Celebrations don’t have to be paused just because of lockdown, so here’s a reason for whisky drinkers to shine from the comfort of their homes.
Each year – on the 25 January – people around the world celebrate the life and work of Robert Burns. Our friends in Scotland’s national day has become a moment for whisky lovers everywhere to end the January doldrums in style, with music, storytelling, Scottish fare and, of course, whisky.
At The Lakes, we traditionally host an annual Burns Night Supper in our Bistro, but not this year. This year we will be poetically merry in the comfort of our own home, but if good food, good poetry, good whisky and good cheer sound good to you, then here is our guide to help you celebrate Burns Night in 2021.
Scottish music makes an enjoyable alternative to the customary piper’s welcome so why not soundtrack your evening with our Burns Night playlist, featuring a selection of great Scottish musicians and Robbie Burns poetry so you can celebrate and address you Haggis.
Begin your celebration with our recommended toast, The Old Fashioned whisky cocktail; a bona fide classic cocktail.
Muddle a sugar cube (or bar spoon of simple syrup) with two dashes of Angostura Bitters and a bar spoon of water. Add 60ml of The One Blended Whisky into your mixing glass and stir, before adding one large ice cube (or three or four smaller cubes). Stir again, until chilled and the sugar is fully diluted. Pour into your tumbler, garnish with an orange twist on the side and enjoy.
Supper begins in earnest with a recital of The Selkirk Grace (available on our playlist) and a bowl of Scottish broth, potato, leek, or smoked haddock soup.
The showpiece of the evening, the entrance of the haggis triggers a reading of Burns famous ode, Address to a Haggis. The addition of tatties and neeps, and a whisky toast, mark the beginning of your feast.
Our recommended toast is The Orange Wine Highball.
Fill a tall glass with ice and add 50ml of The One Orange Wine Cask Finished, which has been finished in exceptionally rare ‘Vino de Naranja’ seasoned casks, made only in Huelva, Andalucía.
Top with your favourite Soda Water and garnish with an orange peel for a refreshing, long serve.
Traditionally the Scottish dessert of cranachan, would complete your banquet but, if you prefer, why not opt for a whisky trifle or cheeseboard.
With dessert, our recommended serve is The One Port Cask Finished.
A whisky to enjoy as you please, Fresh cherries, candied ginger and toasted oak on the nose lead to a palate of plum, rose petals and chocolate with a rich, lingering and spicy finish.
Toast with it neat, add a few drops of water to open up the flavours, or top with ginger beer for a refreshing serve in a highball.
When the time comes for coffee, the only thing left to do is toast the Immortal Memory of Rabbie Burns and sing Auld Lang Syne into the night.
We hope you enjoy your evening, and would love to see how you celebrate Burns Night.
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