Dust off your cocktail shaker, bring out the punch bowl and have your best glasses ready for our favourite Burns Night drinks. Traditional Scottish dishes are all about comfort and indulgence, these hearty plates deserve equally impressive tipples. Tuck into your neeps & tatties with a wintry whisky sour, or cater for everyone with a warming mulled apple juice.
Pair up your drinks with our classic Burns Night menu, complete with an instant shopping list so you can spend less time stressing over starters and sweets. Learn how to cook haggis, create a showstopping cranachan trifle or a fruit-filled clootie dumpling.
Burns Night cocktail ideas
It wouldn’t be Burns Night without a nip of something to chase away the chills. You can’t go wrong with a traditional whisky cocktail, with plenty of spice and a subtle sweetness. Our old fashioned has a delicious citrus twist and takes just five minutes to make. Try a whiskey sour for a super smooth drink with a sharp, refreshing taste. Give this cocktail a fun twist with our winter whiskey sour, all you need is a sprinkling of gold glitter and a glug of bourbon. Need an after dinner pick-me-up before your guests head out into the night? Whip up our hot toddy, it really packs a punch and it’s deceptively simple to make.
Whether you prefer your drams straight up, with a little ice or mixed into a stunning cocktail, check out our review of the best bottles of whisky to get you started.
Gin cocktail recipes
Our picture-perfect raspberry Martini fizz uses frozen raspberries for a fruity final touch, they’ll also keep your drink chilled. The sharper flavours will cut through an indulgent dinner. Keep it classic with our easy martini recipe, stirred not shaken and served with a twist of lemon. Infuse your guests with good cheer with our simple mulled gin.
Sip your way through our favourite bottles with our review of the best gins of 2019.
Catering for a crowd of thirsty party-goers? Spritz up a simple apple cocktail and try our apple prosecco punch. Add your apple juice, a splash of vodka and lemon juice to your punch bowl, then when you’re ready to serve simply add your fizz. Prefer something a little stronger? Make our Winter Pimm’s punch for a twist on the traditional summer drink. Serve warm or chilled with ice. Make everyone feel at home with a mug of mulled wine, it’s not just for Christmas!
Non-alcoholic Burns Night drinks
No one needs to miss out on delicious drinks this Burns Night. You can address the haggis, gin-free G&T in hand. The aromatic botanical flavours and savoury herbs make this perfect for pairing with food. Want a celebratory fizz option for teetotal guests? Our fun faux fizz has a deliciously sweet and fruity base syrup that you can keep chilled in the fridge until needed.
Move over mulled wine, our mulled apple juice can be whipped up in 15 minutes and is perfect for entertaining. Mix our spiced apple syrup with clementine & cloves into warm apple juice for an instant hit of seasonal flavours. It’s also tasty drizzled over ice cream for dessert.
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