Rob Roy Cocktail

The Perfect Rob Roy Cocktail

A Cocktail Perfect For a Scottish Outlaw

The Rob Roy is an easy classic cocktail that every whiskey lover should know how to make.

How to make the perfect Rob Roy Cocktail

Rob Roy. We hold this truth to be self-evident: Not all classic cocktails are created equal! Some just so happen to be better than others. Sometimes referred to as the Scotch Manhattan, the Rob Roy is an easy scotch cocktail that every whiskey lover should know how to make.

Named after an operetta loosely based off of Scottish folk hero Rob Roy MacGregor, this whiskey cocktail was first crafted in 1894 at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan.

Unlike the traditional Manhattan, the Rob Roy is made with Scottish Whiskey and sweet vermouth. There are also variations of the Rob Roy recipe where you would use Dry Vermouth or a combination of half Dry and half Sweet Vermouth [called the Perfect Rob Roy].

Personally, I like to garnish my cocktails with brandied cherries instead of maraschino cherries. 1) Because I’m allergic to artificial preservatives found in most maraschino cherries and 2) I think maraschino cherries are overrated. Brandied cherries are amazing and they add something to cocktails that maraschino cherries just can’t do. Check out this recipe for brandied cherries from the Tasting Table.

As far as the bottling goes, our local ABC store has a wide selection of Scotch Whiskeys to choose from. So for our Rob Roy, I used a bottle of the Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whiskey. It’s not very sweet and I find it to be pretty smooth for this cocktail. I didn’t want to break the bank on Vermouth because of it’s very short shelf life so a $14 dollar bottle of Dolin Vermouth did the trick. You also can’t go wrong with Angostura bitters.

Celebrate National Scotch Day [07.27.16] with this cocktail fit for its namesake Scottish Outlaw. The Rob Roy cocktail is a forgotten classic cocktail masterpiece.

So let’s take a look on how to make a Rob Roy Cocktail.


Rob Roy

Yields: 2 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Blended Scotch Whiskey
  • .75 Ounce Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Brandied Cherries or Lemon Peel for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Stemmed or Scotch Glass
  • Jigger
  • Mixing Glass
  • Bar Spoon
  • Strainer



Garnish: Remove a few brandied cherries from the jar, and put 2 or 3 cherries on a cocktail skewer. Set aside.

Alternatively, take a potato peeler and gently peel the peeler along the rind. Twist the peeled piece for added effect. Set aside.

Rob Roy: Pour sweet vermouth, scotch whiskey, and bitters into a mixing glass. Fill it with ice [the more ice the better for the next part]. Stir together for about 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled stemmed or scotch glass. Garnish with brandied cherry skewer or lemon peel. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 145 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 21 Carbohydrates (g) 2 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 2 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 3

The Perfect Rob Roy Cocktail


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    I don’t really like Manhattans. This one might not be for me. Looks good though. 🙂


    Love me some whiskey, think I might use a different brand though.

    Frannie Q

    Can’t wait to try this one out!


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