Like many great cocktails of the 20th and 19th centuries, the Rob Roy originated in the Waldorf Hotel in New York City. Essentially, the Rob Roy is a Manhattan that uses blended scotch whisky instead of rye whiskey. It was named in honor of the Scottish folk hero, Robert Roy MacGregor, shortly before the premier of Rob Roy, the 1894 operetta.
If you’re looking for a classic cocktail recipe to serve at your next classy get together, then it’s hard to go wrong mixing up a few Rob Roys. Adding just a pump of Amoretti Premium Maraschino Cherry Syrup, one of our most interesting fruit syrups to date, gives the Rob Roy a personal touch – not to mention radiant color – that you won’t find anywhere else.
Amoretti Rob Roy
- 50 ml blended scotch whisky
- 20 ml sweet vermouth
- 2 dashes bitters
- 1 pump Amoretti Premium Maraschino Cherry Syrup
Mix all ingredients together in a glass with ice, stirring for 7-10 seconds. Strain and pour contents into a chilled Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry (optional). Note: Many drinkers will prefer a higher ratio of scotch to vermouth, some even preferring 50 ml of whisky to 10 ml of vermouth. Have fun and experiment until you find the ratio you like best!
Rob Roy Variations
When it comes to making cocktails, variation is the name of the game. When working with so few ingredients, you only have to change just one to end up with a totally different kind of drink!
If you’d like to turn this Rob Roy cocktail recipe into an Affinity Cocktail, use 10 ml sweet vermouth and 10 ml dry vermouth. This drink is also known as a Perfect Scotch Martini.
If you’d like to turn the Rob Roy into a Manhattan, then substitute rye whiskey (though both Canadian rye whisky and bourbon seem to be acceptable these days) in place of the scotch.
Of course, you can make a Perfect Manhattan by crossing the Affinity Cocktail with the Manhattan: 50 ml rye, 10 ml sweet vermouth, 10 ml dry vermouth, and bitters.
The possibilities are endless! For us, the constant variations made possible by a well-stocked bar are one of the great joys of mixing drinks. You probably have your own ideas for variations on the Rob Roy. Maybe you enjoy using another one of our interesting fruit syrups? With nine different fruit syrups to choose form, why not?
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