how to make a dry rob roy martini…a variation of the classic rob roy

A Dry Rob Roy is a variation of the classic Rob Roy martini drink. The main difference is that it substitutes the sweet vermouth used in the classic Rob Roy with the dry vermouth. The proportions of the ingredients remain the same.

Unlike the classic Rob Roy and some recipes of the Perfect Rob Roy, the bitters are not to be used in the dry rob roy drink. The drink can be shaken or stirred and is served up in a martini glass.

The Dry Rob Roy is very similar to many of the other popular drinks such as the Dry Manhattan and the Classic Gin or Vodka Martinis. The difference being that the base spirit is substituted with Rye or Bourbon for the Dry Manhattan. Gin or Vodka is used for the classic martini.


  • 2 shots of Blended Scotch Whisky
  • 1 shot of the Dry Vermouth
  • Lemon twist for garnish


  1. Add ice cubes into a martini shaker
  2. Add 2 shots of the Scotch Whisky into the shaker
  3. Add 1 shot of French Dry vermouth into the shaker
  4. Shake well to mix the contents
  5. Strain the contents of the shaker into a chilled martini glass
  6. Garnish with a lemon twist

A Dry Rob Roy martini with Whisky and vermouth


Variations and Similar Drinks

Rob Roy: The classic Rob Roy version uses the sweet vermouth instead of the dry vermouth in this recipe. It also uses some Angostura bitters.

Perfect Rob Roy: This variation of the dry rob roy uses both the sweet and the dry vermouth along with the Scotch Whisky.

Dry Manhattan: Substitute the Scotch Whisky in this recipe with Rye Whiskey or Bourbon.

Classic Martini: Substitute the Scotch Whisky with Gin for a classic Gin Martini. You can also use Vodka for a vodka martini.


You could use either single malt or blended Scotch Whisky for this drink. The type, flavor and smokiness of the whisky will influence the taste of the drink.

You may use either French Dry Vermouth or Italian Dry Vermouth, though French Dry Vermouth is considered better in general.