Friday, December 13, 2013

Cocktail du jour: The Perfect Rob Roy

Perfect in this case refers to the equal parts sweet vermouth and dry vermouth, but this classic drink is also perfect for the sudden arrival of winter which has totally snuck up on me. The vodka bottles will go back on the shelves and it's back to the warming whiskies and cognacs from our European friends.

Compass Box is the maker of the Oak Cross whisky Mr. C&G used in my Rob Roy, as well as his coveted Great King Street. They're a very interesting and unique artisanal whisky maker, buying up single malts from small distilleries and custom blending them into five different distinctive bottles.

Oak Cross is aged in barrels using American and French oak, giving it a beautiful warm amber color along with the flavor of vanilla and cloves. Perfect for snuggling up in front of the fire with a warm wooly tartan blanket while your young heathens rampage across the moors of your living room.

Perfect Rob Roy
2 1/2 oz whisky
1/2 sweet vermouth (Cocchi di Torino)
1/2 dry vermouth (Dolin)
Dash Peychaud's bitters

Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice
Give it a vigorous shake and strain into a martini glass
Garnish with a lemon peel & enjoy


  1. I laughed when you used the word " bevvies" is it used in your part of the world? Or do you just know our local slang?
    Swap that whisky for bourbon and you've made me my favourite cocktail - thank you!

  2. Darling B&P, I consider it my job to be ready at a moments notice for a move to your shores, should Mr. C&G utter those magic words "we're moving to the UK". Which means I throw words like bevvies, chuffed, and chav into my daily lexicon, just to practice blending in with the natives. SO so glad you're back! Will fill my cocktail glass with bourbon and raise a toast to your return! Cheers-L