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Recipe: Rob Roy - The Scottish Manhattan | Monteiths Edinburgh

Scottish Food Recipes & Tasting Notes

We’re a passionate bunch at Monteiths with a real flavour for freshly prepared, locally sourced Scottish food alongside great cocktails. Our team have curated a selection of great food & drink Scottish recipes for you to try at home. Hopefully these give you a taste of what we’re all about.

Rob Roy - The Scottish Manhattan

Grant Neave

Monteiths head bartender Grant Neave has a service-led drinks philosophy and prides himself on putting the customer’s experience first. He’s hard at work designing a new cocktail list for the bar which showcases classic drinks alongside modern bartending techniques.

After finishing in the top 10 bartenders in Australia last year at the prestigious World Class awards, Grant repeated his success on home soil this year in the recent national finals. Grant reached the final seven before being narrowly pipped to top spot. His critically acclaimed drink, which the judges described as “stunning”, was a Manhattan style cocktail using Johnnie Walker Platinum which he christened “The Merchant Venture”.

Named after Johnnie Walker’s mercantile heritage the drink is too complicated to be replicated at home, using as it does sweet Vermouth infused with Lapsang Souchang , dry Vermouth infused with Japanese Black Cherry Tea and a perfume garnish. If you fancy learning more about this complicated libation then pop in and visit Grant, if you’d like a simple recipe for a scotch based Manhattan style drink you can make at home, then read on….

Rob Roy – The Scottish Manhattan

Dating from 1894 this Manhattan style drinks replaces Bourbon with Scotch Whisky to great effect. The classic serve is with sweet vermouth and a maraschino cherry and Grant has opted for the classic style in this recipe:


  • 45ml Bowmore Darkest
  • 25ml Punt E Mes Sweet Vermouth
  • Dash Angostura Bitters
  • Dash Orange Bitter


Pour all ingredients into an ice filled mixing glass, stir to chill and dilute, strain into a stemmed cocktail glass.

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