Rob Roy Recipe

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Rob Roy

  • Author: Ingrid Visockiene
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Serving 1x


Named after Robert Roy MacGregor, the Scottish folk hero, this Rob Roy cocktail recipe embodies the spirit of Scotland with its bold and hearty character.

The Rob Roy hails from the late 19th century, offering a Scottish twist on the classic Manhattan by substituting rye whiskey for Scotch whisky instead.

This elegant drink combines the smoky richness of Scotch with the sweet vermouth and a hint of Angostura bitters, creating a smooth, well-balanced cocktail.




  1. Prep: Fill a mixing glass with ice cubes.
  2. Combine: Add the Scotch whisky, sweet vermouth, and Angostura bitters.
  3. Mix: Stir well until the mixture is thoroughly chilled.
  4. Pour: Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish: A maraschino cherry.


The Rob Roy can be tailored to suit individual tastes by adjusting the ratio of Scotch to vermouth. For a drier cocktail, I reduce the amount of sweet vermouth; for a sweeter drink, increase it. 

Additionally, the choice of Scotch can significantly influence the cocktail’s flavour profile, with single malt Scotch offering a more distinct and nuanced taste than blended Scotch.

  • Prep Time: 2 Minutes
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Cuisine: Cocktail


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 158
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 0g

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