Rob Roy
  • Preparation 5 min
  • Servings 1
  • Makes 2 glasses

When I have friends over to play poker, I like to serve a cocktail in lieu of beer. With so many contenders to consider, I recently chose this riff on a Manhattan, made with Scotch instead of rye. Smoky, peaty whisky, shaken with herbaceous vermouth and bitters, and finished with a cherry (and maybe a splash of quality maraschino juice), really ups the ante here. Rob Roy? Deal me in! — Ricardo

Featured in RICARDO Magazine FALL 2016 (p. 85)
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Nut-free
  • Lactose-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free



    • 4 oz (125 ml) Scotch whisky
    • 2 oz (60 ml) sweet vermouth
    • 4 drops aromatic bitters
    • Ice


Note from Ricardo

Prefer your cocktails on the dry side? Swap sweet vermouth for dry (or combine the two, as with a perfect Manhattan) and replace the cherry with a twist of lemon. Angostura, or even Peychaud’s bitters are traditional here, but consider orange bitters for a dash of complexity.

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