Rob Roy

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Added: 22nd December 2021




The Rob Roy is a cocktail that has its roots in the late 19th century. The traditional recipe for a Rob Roy includes Scotch whisky, sweet vermouth, and Angostura bitters, which is typically served over ice in a chilled cocktail glass and garnished with a brandied cherry. The drink was created in 1894 by a bartender at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, to honor the premiere of the operetta "Rob Roy" which was based on the Scottish folk hero Rob Roy MacGregor. The Rob Roy is considered a classic cocktail, it's a variation of the Manhattan cocktail but with Scotch whisky instead of Rye or Bourbon. It has a strong and robust flavor that comes from the combination of the smoky and peaty notes of the Scotch and the sweetness of the vermouth. The Angostura bitters add a subtle spice note to the drink. The Rob Roy is usually consumed by those who enjoy whiskey-based cocktails, and it's considered a year-round drink that can be sipped neat or on the rocks. It's not as popular as other classics, but it still has a dedicated following.