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The Classic Rob Roy

Spirits
01.16.2009

The classic Rob Roy is a cocktail of scotch, sweet vermouth, and a dash of bitters with a maraschino cherry as garnish. The origins of this cocktail are shrouded in mystery, mainly because no one really knows where or who invented the thing. Some say that the drink is named after the Scottish folk hero Robert Roy Macgregor, others tell that when Dewar’s Scotch Whiskey was introduced to New York an opera by the name Rob Roy had just opened and prompted the drink to be named such. Regardless, the drink is now part of American culture and has a few variations depending on the taste of the drinker.

Here are two of those variants and also the classic Rob Roy.

Rob Roy
– 1 ½ oz scotch
– ½ oz sweet vermouth
– 1-2 dashes Angostura bitters
– Pour scotch, vermouth and bitters over ice. Stir and strain into a stemmed cocktail glass.
– Garnish with maraschino cherry.

Dry Rob Roy
– 1 ½ oz scotch
– ½ oz dry vermouth
– 1-2 dashes Angostura bitters
– Pour scotch, vermouth and bitters over ice. Stir and strain into a stemmed cocktail glass.
– Garnish with maraschino cherry

Perfect Rob Roy
– 1 ½ oz scotch
– ½ oz equal parts dry/sweet vermouth
– 1-2 dashes Angostura bitters
– Pour scotch, vermouth and bitters over ice. Stir and strain into a stemmed cocktail glass.
– Garnish with maraschino cherry.



Comments

  1. Brian | Friday, January 16, 2009

    Never tried it, but doesn’t really sound like my thing.


  2. Jeff | Friday, January 16, 2009

    I have never had one either. It doesn’t sound like something I’d be into, but the picture looks cool. I’ll try it!


  3. johnston | Friday, January 16, 2009

    Not for me either. But you never know and thanks for the recipe. When I’m having scotch I want an (Islay single malt) poured straignt into a heavy glass my personal favorite is Lagavulin (room temp.)

    Notable:
    I just poured a glass of Stranahans Colorado Whiskey … damn it’s good. Wow !!!!!

    Suppporting my local economy ya know

    Johnston – Boulder, CO


  4. JJ Bagley | Friday, January 16, 2009

    I had just the same thoughts, until I went to Sona in Los Angeles and had a cocktail there called Penicillin. Made with Scotch, ginger and hand chipped ice. It blew me away.


  5. jbinthesun | Friday, January 16, 2009

    I’d try it for sure. Didn’t warm up to the Old
    Fashion either until I was on my 5th. i like scotch any way it’s served!


  6. ryan | Monday, January 19, 2009

    My dad’s favorite drink the “perfect rob roy” while mine remains the manhattan!



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