It’s a Bobbi or Rabbie Burns to honour the poet’s birthday on January 25.

Pairs well with haggis!

The Story

“Some hae meat and canna eat, And some would eat that want it. But we hae meat and we can eat, Sae let the Lord be Thankit!” These words are a prayer attributed to the great Scottish poet, Robbie Burns. (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796). Burns was just 37 years old when he died.

His most famous work – a poem (and song) “Auld Lang Syne” is often sung at Hogmanay (the last day of the year), and “Scots Wha Hae” served for a long time as an unofficial national anthem of the country. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide.

The foul-mouthed Burns is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, and a cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish diaspora around the world. Celebration of his life and work became almost a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature. In 2009 he was chosen as the greatest Scot by the Scottish public in a vote run by Scottish television channel STV.

As well as making original compositions, Burns also collected folk songs from across Scotland, often revising or adapting them.

Robbie Burns Scotland’s National Poet

Where to Celebrate?


Alloway on Ayr, Scotland

The small town in Ayrshire is the birthplace of Robert Burns and the locals go all out to celebrate the birthday of their most famous son with a traditional Burns Supper. Here’s the full menu.


You could also visit the Scottish capital with venues across the city which mark Burns night. Anyone planning a short break to Edinburgh to include Burns night has a vast choice of options to don their tartan and tuck into some delicious haggis. Auld Reekie certainly knows how to party and what better excuse than Burn’s birthday?

Edinburgh Photo credit The Guardian Newspaper


The Bobbi Burns is a riff on the better known Rob Roy cocktail, aka a Scottish Manhattan, which is a tribute to Bonnie Prince Charlie, Charles Edward Stuart, The Young Pretender. According to Difford’s guide there are three versions of the drink. This one, Embury’s Robbie Burns, includes Drambuie, the liqueur of the Highlands, with a French base providing a nod to the Jaccobite French influence on Bonnie Prince Charlie’s doomed quest for the English Throne.

The Recipe

What you need

1.5 oz single malt Scotch
3/4 oz sweet Vermouth
1/3 oz Drambuie liqueur
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
What you do

Stir all ingredients over ice and strain into pre-chilled glass.

Shortbread cookie
Nick & Nora or coupe
Strong Aperitif
Taste: Strong whiskey, sweet

Patrick (Paddy) Moore

Patrick (Paddy) Moore is the author of the series Quarantinis, Eh? featuring cocktails that commemorate the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-2021.

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