Scotch By Nino Marchetti / January 22, 2015 Burns Night, coming up this year on Sunday, January 25, honors the great Scottish poet Robert Burns, who is best known to Americans via classics such as “Auld Lang Syne” and “My Luve Is Like A Red Red Rose.” The focus of festivities on this day typically centers around a Burns supper, during which the traditional Scottish dish of haggis is served, bagpipes are played and Burns poetry is read. Oh, and lots of Scotch is drank as well. One of more popular Scotch labels, Laphroaig, has come up with its own “Scotch cocktail” to honor this special occasion which has as a base ingredient the distillery’s Quarter Cask expression. This particular whisky gets its name from the double maturation in two barrels made of American oak, one of which is quarter cask size. This more intensive aging process is said to create “a soft and velvety edge to complement Laphroaig’s distinctive peatiness.” As for the cocktail, it is dubbed Laphroaig Legend, and we’re reproduced the recipe for it below courtesy of Laphroaig. As you sit down this Burns Night to raise a glass of this mixed drink, or just a straight glass of Scotch, to good old Burns, consider saying this classic Scottish toast to mark the occasion: May the best you have ever seen be the worst you will ever see. May the mouse never leave your grain store with a tear drop in its eye. May you always stay hale and hearty until you are old enough to die. May you still be as happy as I always wish you to be. Laphroaig Legend Ingredients: 2 parts Laphroaig Quarter Cask 1/2 part Cynar 1/2 part Apricot Brandy 2-3 dashes Angostura Bitters Method: Place all ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice and stir. Strain into a tall highball glass and garnish with a brandied cherry.