Classic
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Whiskey • Bitter
Bobby Burns

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Named for the Scottish poet, Robert Burns, this cocktail is a riff on the Rob Roy (which is, itself, a riff on a Manhattan), set apart by the addition of herbal Bénédictine. The French liqueur transforms the dry, smoky tipple into a wonderfully full-bodied digestif-style drink. Drink more than one and you’ll be reciting Bobby Burns’s odes as well as the great Scotsman himself.
 

The Essentials

Blended Scotch
Sweet Vermouth
Bénédictine
Bar Spoon
The Details

Ingredients

2.25 oz Blended Scotch
0.75 oz Sweet Vermouth
0.5 oz Bénédictine
1 dash of Angostura Bitters

Method

  • Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and stir.
  • Strain into a chilled coupe glass using a julep strainer.
Intermediate
Strength:
Scotch Bitter Easy
Rob Roy

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...