Rum and Milk

Hawick’s traditional drink associated with the Common Riding

Rum and Milk is the traditional drink that is associated with Hawick Common Riding. It is reputed that rum and milk was originally given as a medicinal drink to one of the members of the Drums and Fifes who was feeling a little “under the weather” one Common Riding morn. This caught on with the rest of the band and soon spread to the Common Riding supporters.

Today rum and milk is a staple part of the Common Riding liquid diet and is particularly enjoyed at this time of year.

There’s a secret to making a “guid rum in milk” – first pour chilled milk in to the glass, followed by a liberal measure of “Skipper Rum” – delicious and nutritional too!!image2