The Rob Roy is cocktail number 64 on the Swank Cocktail Guide.
Rob Roy cocktail history
In 1873, a Rob Roy cocktail recipe was published in The Daily Picayune in New Orleans consisting of gum syrup (simple syrup), Angostura bitters, and oychette cordial. It seems like it would have been a very small beverage. Perhaps the article left out an ingredient. Either way, it is not the same Rob Roy cocktail of later times.
1895-1900 Rob Roy cocktail
In 1895, it was reported in San Francisco that “a new cocktail called the Rob Roy is a Manhattan, made with Scotch instead of Rye whisky. It is excellent.”
A Rob Roy Cocktail recipe also appeared in James C. Maloney, The 20th Century Guide for Mixing Fancy Drinks, published in 1900, on pages 40-41.
Rob Roy cocktail recipe
1 jigger Scotch, 2/3 jigger Sweet Vermouth, 2 dashes Angostura Bitters. Stir with ice. Strain into glass. Serve with lemon twist.
- Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Gallo Sweet Vermouth
- Angostura Bitters
- Lemon twist
Rob Roy cocktail review
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