Bobby Burns
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Bobby Burns
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.65 / 5
This is a version of Harry Craddock’s original which has equal measures of the scotch and vermouth, with three splashes of the Benedictine. In Harry Craddock’s book he writes, "One ... more This is a version of Harry Craddock’s original which has equal measures of the scotch and vermouth, with three splashes of the Benedictine. In Harry Craddock’s book he writes, "One of the very best whisky cocktails. A very fast mover on Saint Andrew's Day."
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Lemon
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28% | 2.52 units *

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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45ml 1½oz 4.5cl
45ml 1½oz 4.5cl
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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Bobby Burns offers a brilliant weave of warm whiskey and sweet vermouth, highlighted by a dash of herbal complexity from DOM Benedictine. This drink balances the robustness of Scotch with the smooth, aromatic sweetness of vermouth, making it a stellar choice for those who appreciate depth and tradition in their glass.

Method
How to make a Bobby Burns

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice
Shake well then strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with the zest of a lemon squeezed over the top, and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  ·  Zest  · 

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FAQ's

FAQ

Who was Bobby Burns and why is the cocktail named after him?

The Bobby Burns cocktail is named after the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns, often simply called 'Bobby' Burns. Robert Burns is celebrated worldwide for his literary contributions and is best known as the national poet of Scotland. The cocktail's name pays homage to his legacy, possibly evoking the spirit of warmth and camaraderie found in his works and in Scottish culture.

FAQ

What does the DOM in DOM Benedictine stand for?

DOM in DOM Benedictine stands for 'Deo Optimo Maximo', a Latin phrase that translates to 'To God, most good, most great'. DOM Benedictine is a specific type of herbal liqueur made in France, known for its complexity and the secret blend of 27 herbs and spices. It adds a unique flavor to cocktails, including the Bobby Burns.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute another type of vermouth for the red vermouth in a Bobby Burns?

Yes, while red (sweet) vermouth is traditional in a Bobby Burns, substitutions can be made based on personal taste preferences. However, substituting with a dry vermouth or another vermouth variation will significantly alter the flavor profile of the cocktail, making it drier or changing the botanical balance. Experiment to find your preferred taste, but remember that the classic recipe calls for red vermouth.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

What is the best way to serve a Bobby Burns cocktail?

The Bobby Burns cocktail is best served in a chilled cocktail glass. It is traditionally shaken, not stirred, to combine the ingredients effectively while chilling the mixture. Pouring it into a cold glass helps maintain its temperature and enhances the drinking experience. Garnishing with a lemon twist or maraschino cherry can also add to the presentation and subtly alter the flavor profile.

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