Make your own Burns Night whisky cocktail

We asked the Scotch Whisky Association to give us a guide on creating some interesting whisky cocktails for you to enjoy this Burns Night

Published 25th Jan 2016
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

Should you be looking to impress your friends, have some fun or simply want to try something different this Burns Night, then these cocktails are for you.

Whisky Sours

whisky cocktail

"A wonderfully refreshing classic"


• 50ml whisky of your choice (we recommend a decent blend, though nothing too smokey - unless you want to experiment)

• Half a lemon

• 1/2 teaspoon of sugar

• soda water


Pour the whisky - over ice - into an old fashioned whisky glass (the fat bottomed tumbler kind if you have one, if not any tumbler will do),  then add the juice of half of the lemon and half a teaspoonful of sugar. Shake the glass before adding the soda water to serve. Garnish with a slice of lime.

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The Bitter 'n Twisted

whisky cocktail

"A chilled out classic with a kick"


• lemon juice

• Angostura bitters (available in most supermarkets)

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• 25ml of a whisky of your choice (again we recommend a decent blend)

• ginger ale


In a chilled cocktail glass mix a few drops of lemon juice, 4 drops of Angostura bitters and the 25ml measure of Scotch Whisky. Stir well before adding 75-100ml of ginger ale.

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Scotch Paradise

whisky cocktail

"A little taste of the exotic"


• Sugar syrup

• desiccated coconut

• 50ml measure of whisky

• coconut syrup

• milk


Moisten the edge of a highball glass with sugar syrup and roll the glass in desiccated coconut to coat the outer edge.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the whisky, the coconut syrup and top with milk (enough to fill the glass). Shake well and pour into the glass. Add a splash of the coconut syrup to finish.

If you are feeling extra fancy you can garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Bloody Queen Mary


"A fiery cocktail, not for the faint hearted"


• 25ml of whisky (a peaty whisky will give an interesting kick to this one)

• tomato juice

•  juice of half a lemon

• dash of Worcestershire sauce

• dash of Tabasco sauce


Fill a high ball tumbler with ice and then add the whisky and the tomato juice, squeeze in the juice of the lemon before adding the Worcestershire sauce. Then add the Tabasco, the more you add the spicier the cocktail will be,  and decorate with some freshly ground black pepper.

• For more information on the Scotch Whisky Association, you can visit their website here

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