Last week, we showed you how to make an Irish Car Bomb drink, which is a tasty and efficient way to get smashed. Today, we’ll focus on the Rob Roy, a cocktail created way back in 1894 by a Manhattan-based Waldorf Astoria bartender.
The cocktail was named after the Rob Roy operetta, which is loosely based on the life of Scottish folk hero Rob Roy MacGregor.
Rob Roys are a lot like Manhattan cocktails, except that the former uses Scotch whiskey (giving it a smoky element) instead of the latter’s use of rye whiskey, Canadian whiskey, or bourbon.
There are three Rob Roy variants: “dry”, “perfect”, or “sweet”. “Sweet” is the regular version, using sweet vermouth (a type of wine where brandy is usually added). The “dry” version is created using a dry vermouth instead of sweet vermouth, while a “perfect” one is made of equal parts dry and sweet vermouth.
Rob Roy Ingredients
- 2 oz. of Scotch whiskey
- 3/4 oz. of sweet vermouth
- 3 dashes of Angostura bitters (depending on how spicy you want the drink to be)
- Pour all the ingredients into a mixing glass.
- Add ice into the mixing glass.
- Stir the drink for at least 30 seconds.
- Strain the drink into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish the glass with a cherry.