Cocktail of the Week: Scottish Het Pint

Cocktail of the Week: Scottish Het Pint

Start the new year as you mean to go on

News | 31 Dec 2021 | By Beatrix Swanson

  • Share to:
An old Scottish recipe traditionally served on New Year’s morning or the night before a wedding, this fortifying, frothy mixture is the perfect ‘cocktail’ to have up your sleeve for this year’s first-footing rounds.

First footing is the tradition, common in various cultures but observed particularly elaborately during Scotland's Hogmanay, that the ‘first foot’ in the house on New Year’s Day must be a lucky person bearing auspicious gifts.

For extra authenticity, carry your het pint (het is Scots for ‘hot’) in a copper kettle.

Scottish Hot Pint

from Dorothy Hartley’s Food in England (1954)

Grate ½ nutmeg into 1 quart of mild ale and set it to heat [you can add more spices here to ‘mull’ the pint, if desired]. Mix sugar enough to sweeten the whole with 2 well-beaten eggs, and a little cold ale, whip well, and stir into the hot ale, very slowly, lest it curdle.

Add a half a pint of whisky, and pour rapidly from one jug to another till the hot pint is smooth, and the patient ready for it.

It can be made in the time it takes to get a man’s boots off [or on!] on a cold night.
Magazine Archive

From the archive

Select an issue

Subscribe Now

Subscriptions for
Whisky Magazine are available
in print, digital or as a
complete package

The Benefits

8 print editions a year

Enjoy the convenience of home delivery

Full access to every digital edition via desktop, iOS or Android device

Latest Issue Subscribe Now

The Whisky Encyclopedia - Coming Soon 2024

Discover the world of whisky with our comprehensive encyclopedia
Featuring companies, distilleries, brands, glossaries, and cocktails

Join The Community

Sign up to the Whisky Magazine
newsletter letter and get access to the latest
in all things whisky

paragraph publishing ltd.   Copyright © 2024 all rights reserved.   Website by Acora One

Consent Preferences