The next time you feel like trying a drink you’ve never had before, try the Rob Roy, created in 1894 by a Waldorf Hotel bartender in NYC.
The cocktail is named after the operetta entitled Rob Roy, which is broadly based on Scotland’s national hero Robert Roy MacGregor.
Ingredients needed to make the cocktail are as follows:
1 1/2 oz / 45ml of Scotch Whisky
1/2 oz / 15ml sweet vermouth
3-5 dashes of Angostura bitters
1 Maraschino cherry
Fill a shaker with ice and add the whisky, vermouth and bitters. Shake well, then strain the contents into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry placed in the bottom of the glass.
It’s worth noting that similar to the Manhatten, the Rob Roy can be made sweet, dry or perfect. The dry version subsitutes sweet vermouth for dry vermouth, whereas the perfect version is made with equal parts sweet and dry.
Both the dry and perfect versions are garnished with lemon peel, as opposed to the sweet version which is garnished with a Maraschino cherry.