As the 25th of January approaches, many of us are preparing to raise a toast to Scottish poet Robert Burns. Up and down the country groups of people will be coming together, ‘addressing the haggis’, eating ‘neeps and tatties’ and celebrating the poet’s birthday with a good old knees up. However you celebrate Burns Night, we’ve got you covered with a fantastic, simple cocktail that will go nicely with some haggis. A traditional ingredient for the Bobby Burns Cocktail is the mysterious Benedictine: a herbal liqueur dating back to the 1800’s with a heavily guarded secret recipe.
Said to have been invented by Dom Bernardo - a monk studying the ancient art of alchemy - the recipe was discovered by wine merchant Alexandre Le Grand after the French Revolution. The 500 year old recipe was immortalised in ‘Le Palais Benedictine’ in Normandy, where Benedictine Liqueur is still produced to this day!