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Hogmanay - Hogmanay Food and Drink

Scottish New Years Eve


Scottish Piper - Hogmanay

Scottish Piper

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What is Hogmanay

Hogmanay is the Scottish celebration of New Years Eve and can last for days. No-one celebrates the eve quite like the Scots. It is believed the Scots inherited the celebration of Hogmanay from the Vikings and their celebration of the shortest day but many believe that as Christmas was virtually banned and not celebrated in Scotland from the end of the 17th century until the 1950’s, New Years Eve was a good excuse for some revelry and the excuse to drink whisky and eat good food. Hogmanay involves parties and festivals across Scotland with the largest and most famous public party in Edinburgh.

Food at Hogmanay

Hogmanay food includes all the traditional foods of Scotland so expect to find warm hearty dishes as befits the season.

Haggis will most certainly be there but there will also be other classics such as a Cock-a-Leekie Soup, or substantial fare like Venison Pie with a side dish of either Rumbledethumps or delicious Tatties and Neeps.

For the sweet-toothed Shortbread is always eaten at Hogmanay and sometimes served with cheese and there will most certainly be Scottish Cranachan - toasted oatmeal, Scottish raspberries and cream, or a Tipsy Laird Trifle which is not unlike a classic trifle but doused in whisky, not sherry.

Hogmanay Drinks

It has to be Whisky in Scotland. Scotch Whisky is world renowned and what better time to drink it than Hogmanay. Nobody knows exactly when the art of distilling was first practised in Scotland but it is believed it was the Ancient Celts who first practiced the art. Uisge Beatha - the water of life - as the Celts call it evolved into Scotch, a drink made only in Scotland, but enjoyed around the world.

About's Guide to Cocktails Colleen Graham has great info on Whisky and if you don't like it neat, some great Whisky Recipes.

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