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Scotch • Spicy
Smoky Manhattan

The Rob Roy is a classic cocktail that takes the traditional Manhattan, drops the rye whiskey, and replaces it with scotch whisky. This recipe spins the Manhattan out even further, using smoky Johnnie Walker Black along with a touch of Bulleit Bourbon, which has a complex flavor profile anchored by its spicy, high-rye content. The fresh-corn-kernel skewer is a unique garnish (as well as a nod to bourbon’s base grain) that complements the sweet elements of vermouth and orange bitters.

The Essentials

Johnnie Walker Black Label
Bulleit Bourbon
Sweet Vermouth
The Details
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1 oz Johnnie Walker Black Label
.25 oz Bulleit Bourbon
.5 oz Sweet Vermouth
2 dashes orange bitters


  • Combine ingredients in a shaker filled with ice.
  • Stir to chill and dilute.
  • Strain into rocks glass over large ice cube.
  • Garnish with fresh corn kernels, skewered.