10 January 2019
The 25th of January is one of the biggest nights in Scotland as the Scots around the world celebrate the birth of Robert Burns.
Robert wrote poems back in the 18th century that spoke for the people of the day as they were simply written and were relevant to the everyday man. His most famous poem is Auld Land Syne, the song sung at New Year’s celebrations the world over. A farmer, writer, father and husband, it took Burns quite some time to make his name. Although he needed to farm to make a living, his passion was in poetry. He struck up partnerships with Johnson and Thompson and edited words to their music. Through his poems and songs, Robert had an uncanny ability to speak with a great anonymous voice to the Scottish people – never claiming his poems or words!
The 21st Century still sees big celebrations on Burns Night. Friends gather together to celebrate his life and a typical menu would include Haggis with Whisky Sauce with neeps and tatties.
This year, we thought we’d provide you with some inspiration to make your celebration special, so we’ve picked and tested a couple of recipes that will please them all: shortbread biscuits (we used them as place cards, achieving not one but TWO goals: they make for lovely table decorations and the preparation is a fun activity to do with the kids!) and a whiskey cocktail (what better way for the adults to kick the evening off?).
Shortbread – Used as place cards
• 225g butter
• A small pinch of salt
• 110g superfine sugar (caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling)
• 225g all-purpose flour (plus extra for dusting)
• 100g corn starch
We followed this recipe step by step and used a mix of Judge baking products to get it all prepped and baked – you can find them in the Featured Products section of this page.
Bitter ‘n Twisted – A chilled out classic with a kick, served in our Judge Highball Glasses
Ingredients for 2:
• ½ a lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon Angostura bitters
• 50ml of good quality whisky
• 200 ml ginger beer
In a chilled cocktail glass add some ice cubes and mix the lemon juice and Angostura bitters. Top with the whiskey and stir well, then add 75-100ml of ginger beer. Serve with a slice of lemon or lime.
How will you make your Burns Night special? Get in touch on social media to let us know!