The Rob Roy is the black sheep of the illustrious martini family. It is simply a Manhattan made with scotch, instead of bourbon. However, unlike the Manhattan, it’s namesake can be traced back to a a single and specific entity. This drink is named after an 18th century Scottish outlaw.
Born into a family of bandits in 1671 Robert “Roy” MacGregor grew up cattle rustling. As he grew older he adopted the moniker “Roy” because it means “red” in Gaelic, and by all accounts he was a big ol’ ginger. In addition to overseeing several roving bands of cattle thieves, MacGregor operated a protection racket that would charge nearby farms 5% of their annual rent to guarantee that their cattle would not be stolen.
When a business deal with the Duke Montrose went sour, MacGregor absconded with some of the duke’s assets, and then proceeded to sneakily raid Montrose’s property over the next eight years. Eventually he settled down, and even received a full pardon from the king.
In honor of this scotch cocktail in honor of this Scottish highwayman, here are another pair scotch recipes.
- 1.0 oz. blended Scotch
- 2 ounces gin
- 1 dash orange bitters
- 1 dash absinthe
- 1 dash pomegranate grenadine
- Stir all ingredients pour straight up into a coupe glass
Hair of the Wolf:
- 1.5 oz. Scotch
- 0.5 oz. Kahlua
- 0.5 oz. Grand Marnier
- 6.0 oz. stout
- Shake Scotch, Kahlua, and Grand Marnier and pour into empty rocks glass.
- Top with stout