How to Make a Rob Roy (Sweet) Cocktail
Rye Whiskey, Sweet Vermouth, Dashes Bitters, Cherry
How to Mix a Rob Roy Sweet
Fill a mixing glass with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Stir and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.
The Rob Roy (Sweet) History
The Rob Roy Sweet is a cocktail comprising fundamentally of rye whiskey and vermouth, made in 1894 by a barkeep at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan, New York City. The beverage was named out of appreciation for the debut of Rob Roy, an operetta by arranger Reginald De Koven and lyricist Harry B. Smith from the Scottish society legend Rob Roy MacGregor.
A Rob Roy is like a Manhattan however is made only with Scotch Whiskey, while the Manhattan is generally made with rye and today ordinarily made with rye whiskey or Canadian bourbon.
Like the Manhattan, the Rob Roy can be made "sweet", "dry", or "great". The standard Rob Roy is the sweet form, made with sweet vermouth, so there is no reason to include a "sweet" Rob Roy when requesting. A "dry" Rob Roy is made by removing the sweet vermouth with dry vermouth. A "great" Rob Roy is made with a balance of sweet and dry vermouth.
The Rob Roy incorporates a bit of Angostura sharp flavoring (generally for shading) and is typically served in a cocktail glass and garnished with two maraschino cherries on a stick (for the standard drink) or a lemon turn (for the perfect and dry cocktails).