Perfect Rob Roy Scotch Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

Learn how to make the Perfect Rob Roy Scotch Manhattan cocktail recipe.

Scotland is home to many award-winning whisky brands, which is the key ingredient in a classic Scotch Manhattan.

Muddle your favourite premium Scotch whisky with sweet vermouth, dry vermouth, Angostura bitters and garnish with Maraschino cherries.

We love serving this Scottish cocktail as a festive holiday drink in the fall at Thanksgiving, winter during the holiday Christmas season or Rabby Burns Day on January 25th.

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What Is a Perfect Rob Roy Cocktail?

The Rob Roy is a cocktail consisting primarily of whisky and vermouth, created in 1894 by a bartender at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan, New York City.

The drink was named in honor of the premiere of Rob Roy, an operetta by composer Reginald De Koven and lyricist Harry B. Smith loosely based upon Scottish folk hero Rob Roy MacGregor.

A Rob Roy is similar to a Manhattan, but is made exclusively with Scotch whisky, while the Manhattan is traditionally made with rye and today commonly made with bourbon or Canadian whisky.

Like the classic Manhattan recipe, the Rob Roy can be made “sweet”, “dry”, or “perfect”. The standard Rob Roy is the sweet version, made with sweet vermouth, so there is no need to specify a “sweet” Rob Roy when ordering. A “dry” Rob Roy is made by replacing the sweet vermouth with dry vermouth. A “perfect” Rob Roy is made with equal parts sweet and dry vermouth.

The Scotch Manhattan recipe below features our take on the Perfect Rob Roy, which you can easily make at home in under 5 minutes!

Perfect Rob Roy Scotch Manhattan ingredients.
Perfect Rob Roy Scotch Manhattan ingredients.

Travel To Scotland to Sip the Best Scotch Manhattan

There’s no better way to familiarize yourself with the Perfect Rob Roy Scotch Manhattan cocktail recipe then by planning a vacation to visit the world’s best whisky distilleries.

Some of the world’s most famous whisky distilleries can be found in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

In Scotland we enjoyed a scenic road trip to the Isle of Islay, which is best known for its famous Islay Scotch whisky distilleries. If you’re looking to experience the best things to do on the Isle of Islay visit award-winning distilleries like Bruichladdich, Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Ardbeg and Bowmore.

We also suggest sipping local Scottish whisky on the Isle of Skye, Glasgow, Edinburgh and The Highlands. One of our favourite things to do in Edinburgh is the The Scotch Whisky Experience.

Every pub, bar, restaurants and hotel cocktail bar in Scotland (including the tiniest Bed and Breakfast) offers a selection Scotch bottles, ready to satisfy a weary, thirsty traveler.

Once you’ve arrived in Scotland on holiday we suggest asking your nearest bartender to fix you a traditional Scotch Manhattan, Perfect Rob Roy style.

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The traditional Scotch Manhattan recipe requires a shot glass, cocktail shaker and ice.
The traditional Scotch Manhattan recipe requires a shot glass, cocktail shaker and ice.

Best Bartender Tools & Cocktail Equipment

Before hosting a swanky Scotch Manhattan cocktail soiree you’ll need to ensure you have the best bartender tools and cocktail equipment.

  • Cocktail Kit: cocktail kits are the perfect gift for newbie mixology fans as they include basic bartender tools like a jigger, shaker and spoon.
  • Cocktail Shaker: a bartenders best friend. Purchase a premium cocktail shaker to muddle or shake up your favourite pink gin cocktails.
  • Cocktail Glassware: make sure your bar is stocked with a selection of unique glassware to show off your favourite cocktail creations.
  • Hawthorne Strainer: this unique strainer features tightly wound coils and perforated holes. It keeps ice and other large ingredients like lime wedges in your cocktail shaker rather than in the glass.
  • Bar Spoons: slender and long bar spoons are a must-have when stirring drinks.
  • Bottle Opener: easily open bottles of beer or cider with the flick of your wrist or purchase a corkscrew for fine wine.
  • Pouring Spout: once you’ve opened a new bottle of gin insert these affordable pourers to make cocktail assembly a breeze.
  • Cutting Board: purchase a petite cutting board for your bar to slice garnishes or citrus wedges like lime, orange, lemon or grapefruit.
  • Ice Bucket: chill bottles of gin quickly in an ice bucket or keep by the bar when muddling gin mixers into cool creations.
  • Ice Crusher: fans of the Mint Julep love an ice crusher.
  • Ice Cube Kit: we suggest purchasing a selection of ice cube trays. Silicone styles are our favourite as they’re easy to clean and are available in various shapes and sizes.
  • Jigger: use a jigger to accurately measure spirits, juices, syrups and shrubs.
  • Juicer: invest in an electronic juicer or buy an affordable hand-held to easily juice fresh citrus like lemons and limes.
  • Muddler: fans of the Mojito love a sturdy muddler to mix mint and lime. Muddler’s are handy for any cocktail featuring ingredients that need a pounding like fresh herbs or citrus wedges.
  • Citrus Peeler & Zester: adorn your craft cocktails with a thick citrus peel or finer ribbons of lime or lemon zest.
  • Rimmer: Bloody Mary and Caesar lovers should outfit their bar with a handy rimmer for salting and sugaring glassware.
The Perfect Rob Roy features Scotch whisky, sweet vermouth, dry vermouth, bitters and maraschino cherries.
The Perfect Rob Roy features Scotch whisky, sweet vermouth, dry vermouth, bitters and maraschino cherries.

10 Best Scotch Whisky Brands

If it’s your first time making a homemade Scotch Manhattan you’ll want to sample a selection of premium whisky bottles distilled in Scotland. Here are a few of our favourite Scotch brands:

Serve a Scotch Manhattan with a Luxardo maraschino cherry.
Serve a Scotch Manhattan with a Luxardo maraschino cherry.

Scotch Manhattan Cocktail Ingredients

The Perfect Rob Roy cocktail is made with these quality ingredients:

  • Scotch Whisky: if you’ve never sipped a peated whisky, we highly recommend using a classic Scotch from the Isle of Islay for a very unique Scottish sipping experience.
  • Vermouth: the Perfect Rob Roy features equal parts dry vermouth and sweet vermouth. You can also make a sweet or dry Scotch Manhattan using just one of these bottles.
  • Bitters: add a few dashes of bitters to round out your cocktail. You can use classic Angostura Bitters or a seasonally appropriate flavour such as Pear Bitters.
  • Garnish: adorn the rocks glass with a slice or wedge of fresh lemon and Luxardo Maraschino Cherry.
Prepare a homemade Scotch Manhattan with premium Scottish whisky.
Prepare a homemade Scotch Manhattan with premium Scottish whisky.

Perfect Rob Roy Cocktail Tips

This Scotch Manhattan recipe is easy to make at home, ready to serve in 5 to 10 minutes.

We love serving a traditional Scotch Manhattan in the fall and winter months as they do a great job at warming you up on a cold day. The recipe is a real crowd pleaser at holiday parties and Thanksgiving dinners. And don’t forget Rabby Burns Day on January 25th!

This recipe serves one person. If you’re hosting a large gathering feel free to multiply the ingredients by the number of guests and muddle the drink in a punch bowl or jug rather than a cocktail shaker.

If you don’t have cherries feel free to use a lemon twist instead.

We love serving this easy Scotch Manhattan recipe in the fall and winter at Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
We love serving this easy Scotch Manhattan recipe in the fall and winter at Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

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Now you've learned how to make the Perfect Rob Roy cocktail!
Now you’ve learned how to make the Perfect Rob Roy cocktail!
Serve this Scotch Manhattan recipe at a Scottish-themed cocktail party.
Serve this Scotch Manhattan recipe at a Scottish-themed cocktail party.

How To Make the Perfect Rob Roy Scotch Manhattan

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Perfect Rob Roy Scotch Manhattan Cocktail

Learn how to make the Perfect Rob Roy. Our easy Scotch Manhattan cocktail recipe features whisky, vermouth, bitters and maraschino cherries.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Scottish
Keyword: Perfect Rob Roy, Scottish Manhattan
Servings: 1
Calories: 122kcal

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Shot Glass
  • Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail spoon

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Scotch Whisky
  • 0.25 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 0.25 oz Dry Vermouth
  • 2 dashes Bitters
  • Maraschino Cherry Garnish

Instructions

  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the Scotch, vermouth, and bitters.
  • Stir with a cocktail spoon then strain into a chilled rocks glass and garnish with a cherry.

Nutrition

Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.4g | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 1g

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