A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 09, 2004
Rob Roy (cocktail)
In 1894, the opera Rob Roy opened around Herald Square. The old Waldorf Hotel was near Herald Square. It is probably correct that the "Rob Roy" cocktail began at the Waldorf in 1894 or soon thereafter, although we do not have early historical confirmation of this.


About.com: Cocktails
Rob Roy
1 1/2 oz. Scotch, 1/2 oz. Sweet Vermouth* (Dash of Bitters if desired)

Build over ice in Rocks glass, or Stir & Strain into a chilled cocktail glass to serve up, Garnish with a cherry, * For a Perfect variation, use equal parts of Sweet & Dry vermouth, Garnish with a Twist, Use only Dry vermouth for a Dry version, Garnish with a Twist

Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
Schwartz's Toast of the Town evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a reception in Bull and Bear, named for the statues that graced the original Waldorf Bar where many famous drinks were created - the Bronx Cocktail, the Bobbie Burns and the Rob Roy.

Wine Magazine (December 2004)
The Rob Roy, according to The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book by Albert Stevens Crockett, was named after a Broadway show of the same name, so it's possible that it dates back to around 1894 when Rob Roy, the operetta by Reginald De Koven, opened in Manhattan.

7 November 1894, New York Times, pg. 7:
Whitney Opera Co., in
De Koven & Smith's Opera,
ROB ROY
HERALD
SQUARE
B'way and
35th St.

Grand Union Hotel, New York, NY
Wine List

(Not dated. The New-York Historical Society has this listed as 1895-14D. It's certainly later than 1895 - the Bronx cocktail is here - but it's probably before 1910 -- ed.)
Rob Roy Cocktail

11 May 1919, New York Times, pg. 60:
Rob Roy.
(Listed with several drinks - ed.)
Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • (1) Comments • Thursday, December 09, 2004 • Permalink


Centralia Enterprise And Tribune, 4th December 1897

“The Fifth Avenue hotel has two new drinks this winter, the Star cocktail and
the Rob Roy cocktail. The Star has a flavor of Jersey about it, for its chief
ingredient is apple jack, vermouth and orange bitters making up the rest. Of
course, the Rob Roy is made of Scotch whisky. It is completed by vermouth and
orange bitters.”

Posted by George Sinclair  on  12/16  at  11:26 PM

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