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Scotch • Bitter
Rob Roy

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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).

The Essentials

Sweet Vermouth
The Details


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


  • Add all ingredients except for the brandied cherry to a mixing glass
  • Fill the mixing glass one-third of the way with cubed ice.
  • Using your bar spoon, stir the cocktail.
  • Strain the cocktail using a julep strainer, into a chilled coupe glass.
  • Garnish with a brandied cherry.
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Perfect Manhattan

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