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Drink of the Day: Robert Burns - Shaun the Bartender : Shaun the Bartender

Drink of the Day: Robert Burns

April 29, 2015 | By |

Happy Hump Day!

As I sit here, enjoying the flavor and aroma of my first cup of coffee, I look outside the window to see the slight morning frost sitting comfortably on the grass in my backyard.  It’s a reminder that we still have yet to hit the warm and acceptable temperatures of the season.  It also gets me in the mood for the classic cocktail I am introducing today.

If you are one who enjoys the flavor of scotch, this will be right up your alley.  The best way to describe this cocktail is that it is a Rob Roy with benefits.  Though most people think that this is named after the well known Scottish poet, it is believed that it may be named after a cigar salesman who used to frequent the Waldorf-Astoria bar, as mentioned in its barbook, which was published in 1931; though there is a very similar cocktail that replaces the absinthe with Benedictine in Harry Craddock’s, “The Savoy Cocktail Book”, published in 1930 that bears the same name.  No matter.  This is a great scotch beverage with a lot of character.  I’m sure you will enjoy its many layers of flavor and how each ingredient compliment one another.

In my video, I use Pernod, a liqueur which replaced absinthe in this cocktail during the ban on this ingredient.  However, since this ban has lifted, I highly recommend using absinthe in this recipe.  I add a splash of Pernod in the video, which to some may be the perfect amount to use while using absinthe.  However, it may be a better compliment to the overall beverage by just pouring some absinthe in the cocktail glass and swirl it to layer the glass, dumping out the excess.  This will give you enough to know it is present and not overtake the other flavors.  I will leave this part up to you.  Also, in the video, I have added a little twist with my recipe by rubbing a twist of orange on the rim of the glass.  I feel this gives the drink a more rounded aroma and plays well with the scent of absinthe.

As the sun drops into the horizon and the chill touches your skin, this may be something you will want to warm yourself up with.  Sip, relax, and enjoy!  Cheers!


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2 oz. Scotch Whisky

3/4 oz. Sweet Vermouth

Splash of Absinthe

2 – 3 Dashes Orange Bitters


Method:  Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice.  Stir well with a bar spoon.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Take a twist of orange and rub it gently on the rim of the glass, discarding the rind after doing so.


This Day in History:

1986 – Pitcher Roger Clemens stuck out 20 batters in one game, breaking the Major-League record.  He would repeat this feat ten years later.

1992 – A Los Angeles jury acquitted four police officers accused of beating Rodney King.  Mass riots and looting followed.

1997 – The first joint Russian – United States space walk occurred from space station Mir.

2011 – Kate Middleton married Prince William at Westminster Abbey.


Notable Birthday:

American journalist and publisher, William Randolph Hearst was born on this date in 1863.

Notable Quote:

“A two-year old is like having a blender, but not having a top for it.”  –  Jerry Seinfeld who was born on this date in 1954.



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