Great Scot! -- The Bobby Burns
Robert Burns was an 18th century Scottish poet and a big deal in the Romantic movement. Even if you're like me and don't know much about poetry, you probably have heard his most famous poem -- Auld Lang Syne. It's the song everyone massacres on New Year's Eve because they don't know the words and/or have had too many cocktails (the title roughly translates as "days gone by" or "old times").
2 ounces scotch (I used Monkey Shoulder)
1 ounce sweet vermouth (I love Carpano Antica)
.5 ounces Benedictine
Combine in a shaker with ice, stir with the grace and passion of creating your own liquid poetry, and strain into a chilled glass.
Combining these ingredients may look odd, but they complement each other nicely. You can adjust the ratios depending on the taste of the scotch you use, or how sweet you want the drink to be. I suggest scotch constitute at least half of the Bobby Burns.
The Bobby Burns is one of many Scottish things and/or people that I like. Others include the actor Sean Connery and bagpipe music. Yes, bagpipe music. If hearing a bagpipe rendition of Amazing Grace (click on the above link) doesn't move you, you have no soul.
Whether your cultural tastes run towards Robert Burns from Scotland or Montgomery Burns from The Simpsons, you'll like the Bobby Burns. But unless you have Scottish blood in you, please don't start singing Auld Lang Syne.
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