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Rob Roy Drink Recipe

The Rob Roy is basically a Manhattan with Scotch whiskey instead of bourbon. It has the same sweet vermouth, giving it a reddish color. But while the flavor is similar to the Manhattan, it’s different enough to appreciate.

Rob Roy cocktails on table with cherries

With most cocktails calling for scotch, you don’t need to use a high-quality single malt. And the Rob Roy works very well with a good, drinkable blended scotch. But in this drink, the scotch flavor does come through clearly enough that you may enjoy using a top-shelf scotch in it. Whatever you choose, be sure to pick a bottle you could drink by itself or over ice.

This is a nice drink to relax with at the end of a long day. It’s a little bit on the strong side, but not overpowering. The balance between sweetness and smokiness is easy on the palate.

Rob Roy cocktails on table with cherries
Yield: 1 drink

Rob Roy Drink Recipe

The Rob Roy is a Manhattan with scotch instead of bourbon. It's similar enough that if you like the one, you will probably like the other. But it has a distinct taste of its own that scotch lovers will treasure.


  • 1 1/2 ounce Scotch whiskey
  • 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
  • Dash of Angostura bitters
  • Maraschino cherry


  1. Fill a mixing glass with cracked ice, and add your liquors to it.
  2. Give them a good stir.
  3. Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass.
  4. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

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