Burn’s Night is fast approaching, a notorious night of indulgence and decadence celebrating the life and work of legendary Scottish poet Robert Burns. Taking place every Jan 25th, Burn’s night initially began as a dinner between Burns and nine of his friends to celebrate the life and mourn the death of one of their closest companions. The night was such a success, Burn’s decided to throw a party exactly one year later, kicking off the tradition that we now call Burn’s night. Burn’s night, traditional Haggis and, of course, Scottish whisky, all go hand in hand, but what about those who are more partial to, let’s say, a gin and tonic? We’ve devised a list of alternative Scottish tipples that can be enjoyed on the night of celebration (without breaking too far away from tradition!).
Dark Matter Highland Stormy
A concoction from two Scottish brothers, Dark Matter Spiced Rum is made in Scotland’s first and only rum distillery. Dark Matter features full-bodied notes of long pepper, fresh ginger, green peppercorns and all spice, and balances perfectly between intense ginger, spicy and warm pepper, and sweet biscuit. To get the best flavour experience, the spiced rum is best mixed with a premium ginger beer, served over ice- a concoction aptly named the Highland Storm.
Eden Mill Love and Tonic
With Eden Mill Love, you’d be killing two birds with one stone. The pink tipple is not only perfect for the upcoming Burn’s Night celebrations, but will also go down a treat this Valentine’s Day. The famous pink gin from Eden Mill brings together an outstanding blend of local botanicals and exotic fruits, and goes perfectly with a premium tonic water and a raspberry garnish.
NB Gin Martini
When you think Scotland, you think NB Gin. NB Gin began as an experiment between Scottish couple Vivienne and Steve Muir, who used their home kitchen, complete with own pressure cooker, as a makeshift distillery. After spending years perfecting their recipe, NB Gin was born, which later went on to win Best Gin in London 2015. There’s no better way to enjoy a premium gin than in a classic Martini. Mix 2 ½ ounces of NB Gin with about half the amount of Vermouth and garnish with a lemon peel. Shaken or stirred? The choice is yours.