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Rob Roy cocktail

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First appearing in New York City around 1890, the Rob Roy is a cocktail similar to a Manhattan. The drink is named for the Scottish folk hero Robert Roy MacGregor. The Rob Roy is made with Scotch whisky, while the Manhattan is traditionally made with rye and today commonly made with bourbon or Canadian.

Left: Rob Roy ingredients.

Like the Manhattan, the Rob Roy can be made sweet, dry, or perfect. The standard Rob Roy is the sweet version, so there's no need to specify a sweet Rob Roy when ordering. A dry Rob Roy is made by substituting dry vermouth for the sweet vermouth. A perfect Rob Roy is made with equal parts sweet and dry vermouth.

The Rob Roy is usually served in a cocktail glass and garnished with a lemon twist (for the perfect and dry versions), or maraschino cherry (for the sweet version).

Rob Roy Cocktail Ingredients

  • 45 millilitres (1.6 imp fl oz; 1.5 US fl oz) Scotch whisky
  • 25 millilitres (0.88 imp fl oz; 0.85 US fl oz) Sweet vermouth
  • Dash Angostura bitters

Preparation and Serving


Stirred over ice, strained into a chilled cocktail glass, garnished with a Maraschino cherry or lemon twist, and served straight up, or mixed in rocks glass, filled with ice.



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