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The Rob Roy

A simple, three-ingredient drink that's ideal for a date (or for yourself at the end of a long night).

Some people say Scotch is too good to mix with other things. But I don't really agree with those people. I'd argue it's too good not to utilize in the right cocktail. Of course, Scotch can be a tricky ingredient for mixing. A lot of cocktails that call for Scotch suggest a good blend instead of a single malt, and a nice blended Scotch has a mix of malt and smoke along with a layer of subtle herbal flavors. You don't want all those distinct flavors to get lost in a muddy mix, but there are a few great cocktails that show off Scotch well. None more than the classic Rob Roy. Essentially a variation on a Manhattan, it's a great drink for those looking to dip their toe into the world of Scotch. Plus it is an easy drink you can make for yourself or someone special at the end of the night.



  • Add Scotch, vermouth and bitters into a mixing glass.
  • Drop in a few cubes of ice and stir for at least 45 seconds so it's nice and icy.
  • Strain into chilled cocktail glass or classic coupe glass.
  • Garnish with a brandied cherry (or three).

Invest in Quality

When it comes to your supporting ingredients, you get what you pay for. Standard vermouth is fine. But since it's relatively affordable, an extra couple dollars spent on a better vermouth will get you much more than an extra couple dollars spent on Scotch.


The first-known mentions of the Rob Roy credit New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel for the 1897 recipe.