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Haggis toasties, a kilt-wearing cocktail and more tasty ways to celebrate Burns Night

By Steph Dye

If you have already seen our round-up of Burns Night Suppers, you will know there is A LOT going on for the poet’s birthday today. However, if you are short on time (or money) here are some ways to celebrate Scotland’s favourite bard quicker than you can say ‘Auld Lang Syne’.


Cranachan Toastie – The Melt Room

Imagine a sort of French toast, with whisky syrup, raspberry jam, and whipped cream sandwiched between slices of milk bread. Tasty.

£5, until Jan 31.

‘Macbeth’ Haggis Toastie – Deeney’s Cafe (pictured above)

With a growing cult following, this toastie consists of hot haggis, cheddar, caramelised onions and rocket.

£5, available all year in their café and various days on their market stall. Check out their Twitter page for details.


Bobby Burns’ Highball – 68 & Boston

Scotch whisky, sweet vermouth, bénédictine, ginger ale and bitters. Served in a kilt wearing highball. It also comes with a shortbread!

£12, Jan 25.

Tartan – Salvatore’s Bar

Served in an actual horn, this is a whisky cocktail for those who don’t like whisky. Made with Haig Club & Talisker, Drambuie, lemon, heather and lavender soda and dandelion bitters.

£13, available all year.

Burns’ Sipper – Discount Suit Company

Made of Dewar’s Scotch Whisky, Amer picon, maraschino cherry juice, green chartreuse, and grapefruit bitters for a cocktail as bittersweet as the poet himself.

£8, throughout January.

Doublewood Old Fashioned – Bread Street Kitchen

A twist on a classic old fashioned, made with Doublewood Balvenie 17 year-old and plum bitters.

£18, Jan 25.


The Jones Dram – The Jones Family Project

Chivas Regal 12 year-old combined with Drambuie and served in a traditional quaich (a two-handled Scottish drinking container). We’re sure the two handles will come in handy after you’ve had a few of these!

£9, Jan 25.

Burns’ Martini – Tavern @ 15

Compass Boxes’ Spice Tree blended whisky, Mozart chocolate spirit, orange bitters and a drop of smoky Lagavulin Whiskey. It’s garnished with a deep-fried Mars Bar.

£10, Jan 25.

When a Scot punched a Swede – The Vault (Milroy’s of Soho)

One of Milroy’s ‘Top Shelf’ cocktails, the exotic ingredients consist of Ardbeg 10 year-old, Cocchi Americano, Flaganspunch, orange bitters and is garnished with an orange twist.

£11.50, from Jan 25 and remaining on the menu indefinitely. 

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