Happy National Scotch Day

On National Scotch Day (and on a great summer Saturday), we wanted to highlight the most famous Scotch cocktail around, the Rob Roy. 

While it’s certainly possible to screw up this drink, it’s such a simple formulation that, with just a little attention to detail, even the most distracted bartender can come up with something pretty good.  Make sure to use a decent blended Scotch.  And if you have say over it, try using fresh vermouth (refrigeration helps keep it fresh longer) and don’t forget the bitters.


  • 4 ounces of Scotch
  • 2 ounces sweet vermouth
  • 4 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Garnish: 2 Maraschino cherries


  • Pour the scotch, sweet vermouth, and bitters into a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir until outside of shaker is very cold to touch.
  • Place a maraschino cherry in each of two chilled cocktail glasses. Dividing evenly, strain the contents of the shaker over cherries and serve immediately.

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