Highland Coffees for Hogmany from Outlander book The Fiery Cross

Highland Coffees for Hogmanay

"Eleven-fifty," Brianna declared, popping into the surgery after me, her own cloak over her arm.  "I just checked Mr. Guthrie's watch."

"Plenty of time.  Are ye coming with me, then?"  Roger grinned at Bree, seeing her cloak.

"Are you kidding?  I haven't been out after midnight in years."  She grinned back at him, swirling the cloak around her shoulders.  "Got everything?"

"All but the salt."  Roger nodded toward a canvas bag on the counter.  A firstfoot was to bring gifts to the house:  an egg, a faggot of wood, a bit of salt -- and a bit of whisky, thus insuring that the household would not lack for necessities during the coming year.

The Fiery Cross, chapter 35

Oops! That bottle of Glenmorangie looks like it made the rounds with Roger -- to the big house and beyond -- and made it back just in time, a little worse for wear.

But that's just what happens when a bottle of single malt magically appears around here at holiday time.

It disappears rather quickly -- no sleight of hand required.


And while Claire would have preferred hers neat, Frank his with ice, and Brianna none at all (give her a few years...it took me until 40), I can imagine Jamie at Lallybroch, leaving the Hogmanay celebrations in the parlor for the quiet of the laird's study, Ian at his side.  Jenny pops in with a tray of coffee and cream, the good stuff is brought out from its hiding place on the bookshelf, and the 3 of them enjoy a wee nip together in the last few moments of the year...

...and then my Englishman's voice calls me back to my 21st Century reality, here on our little island in the Pacific Northwest.  Which, while not the Highlands, is -- I'm canny enough to know -- a pretty fabulous place to live.

Many thanks to everyone who has dropped by Outlander Kitchen over the past 2 months...it's been a blast, and it's only just begun!  Here's to a safe, happy and prosperous New Year for us all.

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31 Dec 2011 - 4:32pm

The Mom Chef …

Happy New Year to you too! I look forward to the wonders that 2012 will bring alongside you and everyone from our favorite series!

31 Dec 2011 - 5:28pm

Lior Aronoff

i don't drink coffee or whiskey...but i really want to try this! happy hogmanay!


Have you ever tried REALLY GOOD SCOTTISH whisky, Lady Lior? That's what made me a convert! All the best.

31 Dec 2011 - 6:14pm

Viviane Bauque…

Oh dear... This is my kind of coffee... And I don't even drink coffee!!! Wishing you a very happy and delicious New Year... Cheers!

31 Dec 2011 - 7:29pm

Lori Riedel

Thanks for all the contributions this year, really looking forward to what you cook up in 2012! Being a Yank I am not sure if it is correct to say Happy Hogmanay! But I will anyway. Lori (DrMaccaddan)


Thanks Lori -- and although, as a Canadian, I'm hardly a source of authentic Scottish New Year's greetings, I think we're both safe to say Happy Hogmanay! :)

31 Dec 2011 - 9:00pm


This is so neat!!!nYou have done it again Mo chairdean Time Traveling friend!nBliadhna mhath ur! & Sl inte gu sorraidh! ...Beannachd Dia dhuit. Sl inte!


Right back at you Vickie MacK! Slainte and best wishes for the new year.

03 Jan 2012 - 2:01pm


Yummy, can't wait to try it!

03 Jan 2012 - 5:26pm

Lee Ann

Happy New Year! I look forward to all the 2012 posts!!!

04 Jan 2012 - 2:49am


Yum yum yum. Sluurp! Ahhh...

06 Jan 2012 - 4:34pm


This definitely sounds like my kind of coffee =)

10 Feb 2013 - 8:41am


Looks like you have a messed up link. I clicked on the recipe for Captain Alessandro's Mango Rum Shots and got Highland Coffee instead.


oops! Thanks, Tiffany -- I'll have a look and fix it!

20 Aug 2014 - 12:00pm

Atholl Brose …

If you drink even if youre not overly fond of whisky you want to make this. Not one hundred percent convinced? Make a half recipe. Sip it chilled mix it into Coke on ice. Heck, I bet it makes a damn fine Highland Coffee.

02 Oct 2014 - 12:25am


Oh! Whipping cream! I'll have to try that but seems a waste of my good bottle of Laphroaig! I take mine like frank on the rocks please! Still I'll try this, this weekend!

02 Oct 2014 - 12:28am


Perfect on a chilly evening...or anytime....

02 Oct 2014 - 1:27am

Alice D

ooooo, Glen Morangie. My favorite.

11 Oct 2014 - 3:39am


I"m not a alcohol drinker, so I used half the amount of whisky. I also used a cinnamon vanilla flavored coffer. Very good!

12 Oct 2014 - 7:06pm

No Outlander …

MUST try these drinks from Outlander Kitchen for Thanksgiving and/or Yule and/or Hogmany: Highland Coffees!

31 Dec 2014 - 6:07pm


Not sure I'd use Glenmorangie for this ( best for sippin' ye ken ), or Athol Brose, however I WILL be making both recipes!!!

03 Apr 2015 - 1:40am

Carolyn B

Hi Teresa, love your recipes and your comments. As an Outlander fan, I have really enjoy getting to know all things Scotish. And I especially love Glen Morangie Original as well.

03 Aug 2015 - 2:02am


Oh em gee!! I just found your site. I'm totally making this tonight, and started the Atholl Brose for another night. Thanks for sharing!!

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