Rob Roy

  • Preparation 5 MIN
  • Servings 1
  • Makes 2 glasses
When I have friends over to play poker, I like to serve a cocktail in lieu of beer. With so many contenders to consider, I recently chose this riff on a Manhattan, made with Scotch instead of rye. Smoky, peaty whisky, shaken with herbaceous vermouth and bitters, and finished with a cherry (and maybe a splash of quality maraschino juice), really ups the ante here. Rob Roy? Deal me in! — Ricardo



  1. In a cocktail shaker filled three-quarters full with ice, combine the Scotch whisky, sweet vermouth and aromatic bitters.
  2. Shake vigorously.
  3. Strain into two lowball glasses. Garnish each glass with a maraschino cherry.


Prefer your cocktails on the dry side? Swap sweet vermouth for dry (or combine the two, as with a perfect Manhattan) and replace the cherry with a twist of lemon. Angostura, or even Peychaud’s bitters are traditional here, but consider orange bitters for a dash of complexity.

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