Want to meet a Manhattan cocktail cousin? Well, why not? The cousin drink is called the Rob Roy Cocktail and the main difference between the two drinks is that while Rye Whiskey is used in the Manhattan cocktail along with other whiskey types, only Scotch Whiskey can be used for the Rob Roy Cocktail!
The Rob Roy Cocktail was created in 1894 in New York City at the Waldorf Astoria of Manhattan and named after the homonymous operetta, composed by Reginald De Koven. The operetta was based on the folk hero Rob Roy MacGregor and the also homonymous historical novel written by Sir Walter Scott. “The Lady of The Lake” and “Ivanhoe” are two more creations of the Scottish novelist.
Although the original version of the drink is made with Sweet Vermouth, there are also two more versions made with either Dry Vermouth (the dry Rob Roy), or equal parts of Sweet and Dry Vermouth (the Perfect Rob Roy). Usually, Maraschino cherries are used for the garnish of the original Rob Roy Cocktail, however, if you choose the dry or perfect versions, a lemon twist is the most appropriate garnish choise.
But enough with the info about today’s drink!
Let’s elaborate on the Rob Roy Cocktail recipe and see what this is all about!
- 60ml / 2 parts Scotch Whiskey
- 30ml / 1 part Sweet Vermouth
- 1 Dash Angostura Bitters
- 2 Maraschino cherries or a lemon twist (for the garnish)
Pour the Scotch Whiskey, Sweet Vermouth and Angostura Bitters into a mixing glass with ice. Stir for a bit and strain into a chilled Cocktail glass or a Coupe glass. Garnish with your Maraschino cherries on a skewer or your lemon twist and there! Your Rob Roy Cocktail is ready to serve!