A Rob Roy is not a Rabbie Burns. My Rob Roy is a Manhattan with scotch, so it is sweeter with some drama from the Angostura bitters.
Maybe I didn't want drama the night my uncle asked for a Rob Roy. Maybe I was just having a brain fart, but I ended up making him a Rabbie Burns instead.
When I passed the drink to my uncle, he asked where the cherry was. I then realized my mistake. Ooops. But we drank it anyway. We're going to keep working on our scotch cocktails until we get them right.
My variation on the Rabbie Burns:
1 1/2 oz Scotch (middle of the road, not too fancy)
1 oz Carpano Antica Vermouth
Several dashes of orange bitters
Mix all in a cocktail shaker, pour into a chilled cocktail glass, enjoy.
You can also add a twist of orange.
My Rob Roy:
1 1/2 oz of scotch
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
A Spritz of Dry Vermouth
Two dashes Angostura bitters
1 maraschino cherry
Mix all in a cocktail shaker, pour into chilled cocktail glass, add cherry, enjoy.