We don't need much of an excuse to buy a bottle of single malt whisky or to pour a dram. But next week, we're more than justified: Robert Burns, Scotland's national bard, was born on January 25, 1759. For more than 200 years, fans around the world have been celebrating the poet's birthday by reciting his works, eating haggis and making toasts over glasses of fine whisky.
If you're ever lucky enough to attend one of these traditional gatherings, no doubt someone in a kilt will read Burns' famous Address to a Haggis. (He also wrote the less-nauseating Auld Lang Syne). To help get you in the proper spirit, we suggest you mix up one of these Scotch whisky-based cocktails. You can skip the haggis if you like.