Supposedly named after the Scottish poet Robert Burns, this scotch based cocktail makes for a lovely pre-jig jigger. So here’s to Bobby…
A Bottle And Friend
There’s nane that’s blest of human kind,
But the cheerful and the gay, man,
Fal, la, la.
Here’s a bottle and an honest friend!
What wad ye wish for mair, man?
Wha kens, before his life may end,
What his share may be o’ care, man?
Then catch the moments as they fly,
And use them as ye ought, man:
Believe me, happiness is shy,
And comes not aye when sought, man.
30 ml scotch
30 ml sweet vermouth (Red if you want to be traditional)
½ tsp benedictine
twist lemon rind
Ice a martini glass to chill for a few minutes (or a nice tumbler – his and hers at our house).
Then place the ice into a cocktail shaker or glass jug.
Pour the scotch and vermouth over the ice, stir.
Add the benedictine to the glass and swill to coat the bottom quarter of the glass with benedictine.
Strain Bobby into the glass.
Dress with a lemon rind garnish.