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Hidden Cocktails: The Rob Roy

Scottish folk hero or delicious drink?

With the huge number of cocktails out in the world, it’s not surprising that a few fall through the cracks. There are hidden gems in those lost cocktails, delicious drinks that everybody would probably enjoy. This week we’re focusing on The Rob Roy.


The Rob Roy is a cocktail created in 1894 by a bartender at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhatten, NY. Originally made to commemorate the premiere of an operetta about the Scotish folk hero Rob Roy McGregor, this cocktail quickly became a hit. If you’re someone who likes a Manhatten, you’d probably like this too. Where the Manhatten is typically made with rye or bourbon, the Rob Roy is made with Scotish Whisky.

  • 2 ounces Scotch (blended)
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Brandied cherry or twist of lemon
  1. Place all ingredients into a mixing glass together.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Stir until the drink is chilled.
  4. Strain into a cocktail glass (or a chilled coupe).
  5. Garnish with a brandied cherry or a lemon twist depending on your personal taste.


What do you think of The Rob Roy? Let us know in the comments below or on social media!


Madeleine Hettich
Madeleine Hettich is a graphic designer, writer, illustrator, and comic book artist. After graduating with a BFA degree (with an emphasis in Visual Communications Design) from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer before being hired by GREY. She continues to develop independent illustration and comics projects in her own time. This background gives her a unique perspective when writing about any number of topics.

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