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Highland Coffees for Hogmanay

Highland Coffees for Hogmanay

Beyond the Books, The Fiery Cross

“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.

Diana Gabaldon, 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.

(Click on the title below for a printable version of the recipe.)

Highland Coffees for Hogmanay

4 Coffees

Like Irish Coffees, only better.  ‘Cause they’re Scottish.

  • Sugar – 4 Tble
  • Whisky – 4 oz
  • Coffee, hot  – 3 Cups
  • Whipping Cream, warmed – ½ Cup

Stir together 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 oz whisky in the bottom of each of 4 glass coffee cups.  Pour ¾ cup coffee into each cup and stir well.  Slowly pour 2 tablespoons of cream down over the back of a spoon into each cup, so that the cream floats on top of the coffee.  (Watch what I’m talking about here.)

Serve, passing the whisky as required.

Slàinte mhòr agad! (Cheers!)



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

    • Theresa
      December 31, 2011 at 9:35 am

      Right back at you, Christiane! Enjoy the last day of 2011 with your family…Theresa

  2. Lior Aronoff
    December 31, 2011 at 10:28 am

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

    • Theresa
      December 31, 2011 at 10:46 am

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

  3. Viviane Bauquet Farre / Food and Style
    December 31, 2011 at 11:14 am

    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!

  4. Lori Riedel
    December 31, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    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)

    • Theresa
      December 31, 2011 at 1:01 pm

      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! 🙂

  5. ruaTimeTraveler2
    December 31, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    This is so neat!!!
    You have done it again Mo chairdean Time Traveling friend!
    Bliadhna mhath ur! & Slàinte gu soírraidh! …Beannachd Dia dhuit. Slàinte!

    • Theresa
      December 31, 2011 at 2:11 pm

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

  6. outlanderfan
    January 3, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Yummy, can’t wait to try it!

    • Theresa
      January 3, 2012 at 9:10 am

      These are right up your alley, Jenny Roi!

  7. Lee Ann
    January 3, 2012 at 10:26 am

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

  8. deniz
    January 3, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Yum yum yum. Sluurp! Ahhh…

  9. Peggy
    January 6, 2012 at 9:34 am

    This definitely sounds like my kind of coffee =)

  10. Tiffany
    February 10, 2013 at 1:41 am

    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.

    • Theresa
      February 10, 2013 at 9:34 am

      oops! Thanks, Tiffany — I’ll have a look and fix it!

  11. Christy
    October 1, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    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!

  12. Kate
    October 1, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Perfect on a chilly evening…or anytime….

  13. Alice D
    October 1, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    ooooo, Glen Morangie. My favorite.

  14. melissa
    October 10, 2014 at 8:39 pm

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

  15. Changeling
    December 31, 2014 at 10:07 am

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

  16. Carolyn B
    April 2, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    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.

  17. Shari
    August 2, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    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!! ❤️

    • Theresa
      August 3, 2015 at 10:36 am

      Welcome to Outlander Kitchn!

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