How to Make the Reverse Rob Roy

The Rob Roy cocktail was created in 1894 by a bartender at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan, New York City. Dubbed as a Scotch Manhattan, the classic cocktail is made with Scotch whisky, sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters and garnished with a Maraschino cherry.

Reverse Rob Roy

The Reverse Rob Roy swaps the sweet vermouth for the whisky and yields a cocktail with a lower alcohol. As this is a vermouth-forward cocktail, use the best sweet vermouth you can get your hands on.

The Reverse Rob Roy is a good choice for an aperitif and makes a good entry point drink for a new whisky cocktail drinker.

Reverse Rob Roy Cocktail Recipe


  • 60 ml sweet vermouth
  • 30 ml Scotch whisky
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters

Glassware: coupette
Garnish: Maraschino cherry


In a mixing glass filled with ice, add the sweet vermouth, whisky and Angostura bitters and stir until cold. Strain into a chilled coupette and garnish with a Maraschino cherry.

You may also like other Reverse Cocktails: Reverse Vesper Martini, Reverse Manhattan.

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How to Make the Reverse Rob Roy was last modified: January 13th, 2017 by Corinne Mossati
Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of Cocktails & Bars and popular online magazine Gourmantic. She is named in the Australian Bartender Magazine Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy who judges the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions. Read the full bio here.