It’s Burns Night tonight and all over Scotland (and in many other parts of the world too) there will be official and casual Burns Suppers taking place where people will celebrate the birth of the bard with haggis, whisky and lots of other Scottish goodies. I thought I’d share this fun cocktail with you, my Wee Flyer to get the evening going in true Scottish style!This little cocktail is based on the famous cocktail named the Flying Scotsman which in it’s turn took the name from the famous steam train that went from Edinburgh to London. It was very probably the barman on the train that came up with the Flying Scotsman cocktail in the first place, who knows.
Anyway this Wee Flyer cocktail is my adaptation of the classic.
This will serve 6 in small cocktail glasses (not the enormous versions available in many shops nowadays!) and is perfect for any occasion when one wants to raise a toast to all things Scottish and what better than Burns Night!
You’ll need Scotch whisky (of course), sweet vermouth, Angostura bitters, lemon juice, water, lemon peel and some whisky marmalade (normal will do).
You’ll make a syrup first by melting the whisky marmalade in a small pan along with the water. Once all melted and mixed set aside to cool completely.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the whisky, vermouth, bitters, lemon juice and syrup and shake really well.
pour into frosted glasses, add an ice cube and top with a wee twist of lemon.
Voila! A perfect Wee Flyer Scottish Cocktail to celebrate Burns Night.
- 2 tbsp whisky marmalade
- 1 tbsp water
- 175ml/6fl oz Scotch Whisky
- 100ml/3½fl oz Sweet Vermouth
- 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- lemon peel to decorate
- Melt the marmalade in a small pan with the water to make a syrup. Set aside to cool completely
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the whisky, vermouth, bitters, lemon juice and syrup.
- Pop on the lid and shake really well
- Pour into frosted glasses and add an ice cube and a piece of lemon peel to each.