Rob Roy

Named in honour of the premiere of Rob Roy, an operetta by composer Reginald De Koven this drink hits all the right notes Johnnie Walker Black, Sweet Vermouth and Angostura Bitters.

Rob Roy


  • 40ml

    Johnnie Walker Black Label

  • 20ml

    Sweet Vermouth

  • 3

    Dashes of Angostura Bitters

  • 1

    Maraschino Cherry (Garnish)

0 units of alcohol per serve


  • 1

    Ice Scoop

  • 1


  • 1

    Martini or Coupe Glass

  • 1

    Mixing Glass

  • 1

    Bar Spoon



  • Preparation
    1. Add all ingredients to a Mixing Glass.
    2. Add Ice and stir well until chilled.
    3. Double strain into a chilled Coupe or Martini Glass.
    4. Garnish with a Maraschino 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.