ingredients
  • scotch whiskey 1 ounce
  • sweet vermouth 1 ounce
  • Bénédictine 1/2 ounce
  • Lemon peel, to garnish

The Bobby Burns is a classic cocktail every Scottish should know, as it is a tribute to the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns. In the same vein as the Rusty Nail and, consequently, very similar to the famous Manhattan, this recipe has old origins dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. It was only 1902 when Bishop & Babcock published Fancy Drinks naming the then-known Baby Burns. We have to wait until 1917 to read for the first time today's name Bobby Burns in Recipes for Mixed Drinks, as an informal way of calling the famous poet Robert Burns. But wait, that's not all. Even the recipe has undergone some changes over time, sometimes featuring absinthe and bitter. Smooth, dry and rich, the modern recipe is made of scotch, sweet vermouth and Bénédictine, a herbal liqueur consisting of no less than 27 herbs and spices. Serve Bobby Burns in a cocktail glass, garnish with lemon zest and enjoy this full-bodied drink together with shortbread cookies.

How to make Bobby Burns

In a cocktail shaker, add the scotch, sweet vermouth, Bénédictine and ice, then stir.

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with a lemon peel to give a new twist to the drink.