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Rob Roy cocktail
Rob Roy Cocktail: A Scottish version of the Manhattan named after a former outlaw.


For 1 person
2.5 cl scotch whisky
5 cl vermouth rosso (Martini...)
0.5 cl simple syrup (optional, sweeter)
3 dashes of Angostura Bitters

How to make

👉 mixing glass / 🥃 martini / 🍸 short drink (7cl) / ⏱️ 3 mn
  1. Pour the scotch whisky, red vermouth, simple syrup and Angostura into a mixing glass half filled with ice cubes.

  2. Stir with a mixing spoon.

  3. Strain into a glass.

  4. Garnish with a lemon zest.


The Rob Roy cocktail is the scotch whiskey variation of the famous Manhattan, it appeared in a cocktail book for the first time in 1898 in "Cocktails: How to Make Them" by Livermore Knight Co.

rob roy 1898

Rob Roy was the nickname of Robert Roy MacGregor (1671-1734), a Scottish brigand and folk hero who inspired a novel by Sir Walter Scott as well as television adaptations.

Note that in 1884 the bartender Charlie Paul had published in his book "American and Other Drinks" a recipe for Manhattan with scotch whiskey, the Rob Roy recipe had therefore been published under another name before 1898.

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