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Rob Roy

The Rob Roy cocktail is a classic and sophisticated libation with a rich Scottish heritage. Named after the legendary Scottish folk hero Rob Roy MacGregor, this cocktail is a variation of the Manhattan, substituting Scotch whisky for the traditional rye whiskey. With its smooth and smoky flavor profile, the Rob Roy is a timeless favorite among whisky enthusiasts.

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Ingredients and Tools:

  • 60 ml (2 oz) Scotch whisky

  • 30 ml (1 oz) sweet vermouth

  • Dash of Angostura bitters

  • Ice cubes

  • Mixing glass

  • Mixing spoon

  • Jigger

  • Martini glass or rocks glass

  • Maraschino cherry or lemon twist for garnish (optional)

Preparation Steps:

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice cubes.

  2. Measure and pour 60 ml (2 oz) of Scotch whisky into the mixing glass.

  3. Add 30 ml (1 oz) of sweet vermouth to the glass.

  4. Add a dash of Angostura bitters to the mixture.

  5. Stir the ingredients gently with a mixing spoon for about 30 seconds to chill and dilute the drink slightly.

  6. Strain the cocktail into a chilled martini glass for a classic presentation, or serve it over fresh ice in a rocks glass.

  7. Optionally, garnish with a maraschino cherry or a lemon twist.

Flavor Profile:

The Rob Roy cocktail boasts a complex flavor profile, with the smoky and robust character of Scotch whisky complemented by the sweetness of vermouth and the subtle spice of Angostura bitters. It's a sophisticated and nuanced drink that's perfect for sipping on any occasion.

Mixoloco - Mixology Tips:

  • Choosing Scotch Whisky: Selecting the right Scotch whisky is essential for a well-balanced Rob Roy. Opt for a whisky with a smooth and complex flavor profile that complements the sweetness of the vermouth.

  • Vermouth Selection: Experiment with different vermouth brands and styles to find the perfect match for your Rob Roy. Some prefer a sweeter vermouth for a richer flavor, while others prefer a drier vermouth for a more balanced cocktail.

  • Stirring Technique: Properly stirring the Rob Roy is crucial for achieving the ideal temperature and dilution without overmixing the drink. Aim for a gentle and controlled stirring motion to blend the ingredients seamlessly.

  • Garnish Consideration: While the classic garnish for the Rob Roy is a maraschino cherry or a lemon twist, feel free to experiment with other garnish options, such as orange peel or a sprig of fresh thyme, to add a unique touch to your cocktail.

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