Johnnie Walker Black Label Rob Roy

Try this punchy Rob Roy cocktail recipe with Johnnie Walker Black Label.



  • 40ml

    Johnnie Walker Black Label

  • 20ml

    Sweet Vermouth

  • 3

    Dashes of Angostura bitters

  • 1

    Cherry (Garnish) 

0 units of alcohol per serve


  • 1

    Martini Glass

  • 1

    Ice Scoop

  • 1


  • 1

    Mixing Glass

  • 1

    Julep Strainer

  • 1

    Bar Spoon

  • 1




  • Preparation
    1. Stir all ingredients in an Ice-filled Mixing Glass.
    2. Strain into a chilled Martini Glass.
    3. Garnish with a Cherry.
  • Alcohol content

    Alcohol content

    15.5 g per serve

Interesting Facts

The Rob Roy is considered the Scottish counterpart to the Manhattan.

History of the Drink

The Rob Roy is a classic cocktail that has been enjoyed for over a century. The drink was created in 1894 by bartender Charles McPherson at the famed Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. McPherson was inspired by the popularity of the Manhattan cocktail and wanted to create a drink that paid homage to his Scottish heritage. The Rob Roy is named after the Scottish folk hero, Robert Roy MacGregor who was known for his bravery and resilience in the face of adversity. The Rob Roy quickly gained popularity among cocktail enthusiasts. It was soon added to the Waldorf Astoria's menu of signature drinks. The drink's popularity continued to grow where it became a staple in bars and cocktail lounges around the world. Over the years, the Rob Roy has undergone some variations with some bartenders adding additional ingredients such as orange bitters or cherry liqueur. However, the basic recipe has remained relatively consistent.

History of the drink

The Rob Roy cocktail is very similar to a Manhattan, with the main difference being the whisky used is always Scotch. The ingredients are stirred with ice, strained and garnished with a lemon twist or skewered Maraschino cherries. The cocktail recipe was created in 1894 at the Waldorf hotel, New York City, for the premiere of an operetta of the same name – which was based on the ‘Scottish Robin Hood’, Rob Roy MacGregor. This three-ingredient cocktail remains popular to this day and is imbibed in bars and homes alike.