The Rob Roy is basically a Manhattan that uses Scotch instead of rye. It’s believed to have been named after Robert Roy MacGregor, who was a Robin Hood-like figure in 18th century Scotland. Hence the Scotch.
For best results, opt for a blended Scotch here. Dewar’s or Famous Grouse are both simple yet effective.
2 1/2 ounces scotch
1 ounce sweet vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Stir with ice in a mixing glass. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with a lemon peel or cherry.
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