The Weekend Cocktail: The Classic Rob Roy

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gwen-headshot-110x110BY GWEN KENNEALLY

This cold rainy weather makes me want to stay inside and sip on a Rob Roy! In researching this old-time classic I found two completely different origins.


One states that The Rob Roy recipe was created by a bartender at The Waldorf Hotel in New York City in 1894. It was first mixed for the opening night of an opera called “Rob Roy.”

The other states clearly that The Rob Roy is the Scotch whiskey version of the Manhattan and is sometimes referred to as a Scotch Manhattan. It was named after Robert Roy MacGregor, the Scottish Robin Hood of the 18th century.

Whatever the truth, this is a fun elegant drink to enjoy on a wet, stormy evening.


3 ounces Scotch

1-ounce sweet Vermouth

Angostura bitters to taste

Cherry for garnish

Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice.

Shake well. Strain into two chilled martini glasses. Garnish with a cherry.

Gwen Kenneally is the owner of Back to the Kitchen, Full Service Catering and Party Planning. Check out her website and blog

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  • Warren Keating

    Thank you for the recipe and the history lesson. I was always curious about this drink, but never tried it. Now I will!

  • Victor Orly

    Nice…. like a martini, but substituting the gin with scotch…..

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