The Story Behind The Johnnie Walker Rob Roy
The Rob Roy, a Scotch variation on the Manhattan, takes its name from the infamous Scottish rebel Rob Roy MacGregor. Use Johnnie Walker as the base whisky, add a touch of sweet vermouth and aromatic bitters, then stir the ingredients over ice, strain, and serve neat with a brandied cherry or orange peel. The result is balanced, slightly smoky, and rich — it’s a cocktail that should never play second fiddle to its more famous cousin.
This recipe is sponsored by Johnnie Walker.
- 1 ½ ounces Johnnie Walker Black Label
- 1 ounce sweet Vermouth
- 2 dashes aromatic Bitters
- Orange peel or brandied cherry for garnish
- Add Johnnie Walker, sweet vermouth, and bitters to an ice-filled glass. Stir well.
- Strain and serve neat in a coupe glass.
- Twist a piece of orange zest over the glass to release the aromatic oils.
- Finish with a twist of orange peel or a brandied cherry.