Whisky Cocktails

Whisky Cocktail: Rob Roy


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You will notice that I’m going to cut down on my incessant rambling for most of these recipes. Unless there’s a particularly interesting history behind the drink, or some other anecdote, I will try to be fairly to-the-point. As any visitor to Scotland will be all but too aware, keeping things short is an exercise in extreme self control to most Scotsmen.

I don’t find the history behind this cocktail interesting, perhaps because I don’t know enough about the man who gave it his name: Robert Roy Macgregor, a Scottish outlaw and folk hero. According to Wikipedia, he is sometimes referred to as the Scottish Robin Hood.

You’ll need:

  • 2c of Scottish Whisky – I’d recommend Aberlour 10 or Speyburn Bradan Orach, in that order.
  • 1c of Vermouth (dry, sweet or 50/50).
  • A dash of bitter alcohol (Angostura or orange).
  • 4-5 Ice cubes.


Combine ingredients in a drinking glass and mix thoroughly, strain into a chilled Cocktail glass and garnish with a wedge of lemon or a cherry. Simple!

About Whisky Critic

My name is Martin and I live in Scotland. I love fine things in life, such as gourmet food, travelling around the world and, last but not least, whisky (naturally, I’m partial to a tipple of whiskey or bourbon as well). I have tasted hundreds of whiskies during the recent years and I finally decided to share my experience.

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