Burns Night Gaelic Coffee recipe

Gaelic coffee recipe

We’re raising a glass of Gaelic coffee – or Highlands coffee as it’s sometimes known – to cheers Burns Night.

In case you didn’t know, Burns Night is the annual celebration of the life and works of Scottish poet – or bard – Robbie Burns. Scots all over the world host Burns Night suppers where, traditionally, someone recites the Burns poem address To A Haggis before a haggis is consumed alongside neeps, tatties and a wee dram of whisky. We think a Gaelic coffee is the perfect accompaniment to a Burns Night dinner. A cèilidh anyone?

Best consumed as an after-dinner treat, we’ve used our premium instant coffee, but you could mix it up with a flavoured ground coffee, too.

This is effectively a take on an Irish coffee – but make sure you use a good Scottish whisky, of course!


Gaelic Coffee method:

  1. Pour your coffee into a glass cup or heat-proof tumbler and top with slightly cooled boiling water so the glass is three quarters full
  2. Stir in your sugar and pour in your shot of whisky
  3. Hold a teaspoon just above the coffee and slowly pour your single cream over the back of the spoon so it forms a layer on top of your coffee
  4. Enjoy while hot!