Rob Roy

Maris Chafetz / Supercall

A smoky take on a Manhattan, the Rob Roy is made with Scotch whisky instead of rye. The variation was first created in 1894 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York for the premiere of Rob Roy, an operetta based on Scottish folk hero Rob Roy MacGregor. Like a Manhattan, the Rob Roy can be made dry (with dry vermouth in place of sweet) or perfect (with equal parts of each).

Rob Roy



  • 2 oz Scotch
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 dashes Bitters
  • Brandied Cherry (for garnish)


Step one

Add all ingredients except for the brandied cherry to a mixing glass

Step two

Fill the mixing glass one-third of the way with cubed ice.

Step three

Using your bar spoon, stir the cocktail.

Step four

Strain the cocktail using a julep strainer, into a chilled coupe glass.

Step five

Garnish with a brandied cherry.

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