"Perfect" Rob Roy

March 14, 2018
3 Ratings
Photo by Julia Gartland
  • Makes 1 cocktail
Author Notes

With both sweet vermouth and dry, a “Perfect Manhattan” is a little lighter and drier than the classic. Here we’re using that idea for a scotch version (known as a Rob Roy), which lets the complexity of the smoky spirit shine through. If you’re a fan, change it up a bit by replacing the dry vermouth with slightly sweeter, more floral vermouth style known as Bianco, which picks up on scotch's fruit and vanilla notes. —Carey Jones

Test Kitchen Notes

This recipe will be featured in the story 3 Riffs on the Manhattan, the Classiest of Classic Cocktails, sponsored by Johnnie Walker. JOHNNIE WALKER BLACK LABEL Blended Scotch Whisky. 40% Alc/Vol. Imported by Diageo, Norwalk, CT. —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 1.25 ounces Johnnie Walker Black Label scotch
  • 0.25 ounces sweet vermouth
  • 0.25 ounces dry vermouth
  • Lemon wheel, for garnish
  1. Combine ingredients in mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a thin lemon wheel, floating on the surface of the drink.

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