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How To Celebrate Burns Night In NYC

Laphroaig Fetes SmorgasBurns: A Burns Night Extravaganza

The best part of living in a major city like New York is the opportunity to explore and experience in various cultures and a vibrant mix of world influences. Scottish distillery, Laphroaig celebrated Burns Night by hosting a SmorgasBurns affair at Brooklyn’s iconic landmark institution, The Weylin. Burns Night, which takes place on January 25, is the Scottish tradition of honoring the life of one of Scotland’s famous poets, Robert “Rabbie” Burns.

How To Celebrate Burns Night In NYC

Dating back from the early 1800s, Burns Night is celebrated with poetry, song, and a supper featuring traditional Scottish fare. The team at Laphroaig created a one-of-a kind-dining extravaganza incorporating bagpipe music, specialty drinks and pours, poetry readings, and a sampling of dishes by some of Smorgasburg’s popular vendors but with a Scottish twist.

How To Celebrate Burns Night In NYC

Cocktails including The Scotsman– Laphroaig 10 Year Old Whisky, Fresh Grapefruit and Lime juice, Honey Syrup, and Ginger Beer and the Tam O’Shanter, that features Laphroaig Select, Drambuie Liqueur, Bordeaux Red Wine, and orange bitters kept the crowd pleased as they noshed on unique cuisine.

Caitie McCabe Photography

Destination Dumplings

Laphroaig Fetes SmorgasBurns: A Burns Night Extravaganza

Pop Pasta

Destination Dumplings prepared Chinese-style dumplings filled with Minced Lamb and potatoes, and Pop Pasta served “Haggis, the Italian Way” involving a yummy Carbonara Spaghetti Donut.

Laphroaig Fetes SmorgasBurns: A Burns Night Extravaganza

Home Frite

Laphroaig Fetes SmorgasBurns: A Burns Night Extravaganza

Bona Bona Ice Cream

How To Celebrate Burns Night In NYC

Home Frite offered Classic Burns Night Mince & Tatties with their renowned french fries. For dessert, Bona Bona Ice Cream created a Scottish sticky date cake with Laphroaig infused toffee sauce and a scoop of butterscotch ice cream made with Laphroaig. And to top it off, a torched marshmallow decoration. The only question now is how do you top this spectacular Ode for next year’s Burns Night? Until then, here are two cocktails to craft for the occasion.Laphroaig Fetes SmorgasBurns: A Burns Night Extravaganza

Tam O’Shanter

By NYC mixologist Andrey Kalinin

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 parts Laphroaig® Select Scotch Whisky
  • 1/2 part Drambuie® Liqueur
  • 1 part Bordeaux Red Wine
  • 3 dashes Orange Bitters
  • Orange Peel (for garnish)

Method:

Add all ingredients together in a mixing glass and stir. Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass (served up). Garnish with a flamed orange twist.

Laphroaig Fetes SmorgasBurns: A Burns Night Extravaganza

The Scotsman

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Laphroaig® 10 Year Old Scotch Whisky
  • 3/4 part Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • 1/2 part Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 part Honey Syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Ginger Beer

Method:

Combine all ingredients into shaking tin and dry shake. Pour over ice in Collins glass. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with lime wedge or orange half wheel.

Photos: Caitie McCabe Photography/Courtesy

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