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).
There are those who consider the Manhattan a little sweet for their tastes. Enter the Perfect Manhattan—a recipe variation that calls for equal parts dry and sweet vermouth for a more balanced version of the classic cocktail. Though we believe Manhattans should always be made with rye, bourbon is also an acceptable option, especially in...