The Rob Roy


  1. 2 ounces Scotch
  2. 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  3. 2 dashes Peychaud's bitters
  4. 1 maraschino cherry, for garnish
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How to Make It

Add the Scotch, vermouth, and bitters to a mixing glass with ice. Stir well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the cherry and enjoy.

Why We Like It

There’s nothing wrong with being a beer-and-burger type of guy, but if you’re planning to step it up a notch for a good cause this #FormalFriday, consider making a Rob Roy. This classic cocktail is similar to a Manhattan, but uses good Scotch in place of rye whiskey.

Created in 1894 by a bartender at the Waldorf Astoria (in, yes, Manhattan, New York) the Rob Roy was named in honor of an operetta by the same name. The operetta was loosely based upon the folk hero Robert Roy MacGregor, who has been called “the Scottish Robin Hood.”

While there are several variations on the Rob Roy, including a Dry Rob Roy and a Perfect Rob Roy (made with both sweet and dry vermouth), this recipe is a more traditional preparation. A nice blended Scotch should do the trick, but, of course, that’s the gentleman’s choice.

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