For the uninitiated, tomorrow night (January 25th) is Burns Night, a supper celebration of legendary Scottish poet Robert “Rabbie” Burns. Here are a few fun facts about him:

  • Dude knew how to party: His multiple lovers bore him a dozen children, and as of 2012, he has more than 600 living descendants. (As far as we know, none is named Montgomery.)
  • Dude has quite a following: With the exception of Queen Victoria, Christopher Columbus and religious figures, there are more statues in his honor than of anyone else on the planet.
  • Dude could bust a rhyme: He wrote literally hundreds of poems, the most famous of which is Auld Lang Syne (“times long past). Yup, the song we sing every New Year came from a Scotsman, and it’s one of the three most popular songs in the English language.

Suffice it to say, this man deserves a hearty toast, and the Ode to Whisky (Sour) is the perfect cocktail with which to do so. We know because we tried it last week thanks to our friends at Laphroaig, distillers of some of the finest Scotch in all the land, and it’s fantastic.

Here’s the recipe, courtesy of NYC mixologist Andrey Kalinin. Whip up a bunch of ’em and, as Rabbie would say, “tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne.” Sláinte!

Ode to Whisky (Sour)
2 parts Laphroaig® Select Scotch Whisky
3/4 part Lemon Juice
3/4 part Heather Honey Syrup
3 dashes Cardamom Bitters
1 Egg White
Fresh Cardamom (for garnish)

Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Dry shake (if using egg white). Add ice and shake vigorously. Pour into a coupe or martini glass (served up). Garnish with cardamom flakes.