In honor of St. Andrew's Day and some friends (Val, Vanessa, Neil, Bronwen & the whole clan), today I give you a classic Scotch cocktail, the Rob Roy.
Named in honor of the operetta Rob Roy, based on the life of Robert Roy MacGregor, the Rob Roy Cocktail was created in 1894 at the Waldorf Astoria New York.
A Rob Roy is much like a Manhattan but made with Scotch instead of Rye Whiskey or Bourbon. Like the Manhattan, the Rob Roy can be made sweet, dry, or perfect. A standard Rob Roy is sweet, made with sweet vermouth, a Dry Rob Roy is made with dry vermouth and a Perfect Rob Roy is made with equal parts sweet and dry vermouth.
And, yes, that is the Rob Roy MacGregor tartan in the image!
THE ROB ROY
1-1/2 Oz. Scotch
1/4 Oz. Sweet Vermouth
Dash of Angostura bitters
Maraschino Cherry Garnish
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the cherry.
Here's to the heath, the hill and the heather,
The bonnet, the plaid, the kilt and the feather!
Happy St. Andrews Day!
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