Cocktail of Finse

Cocktail of Finse:
The Rob Roy


We believe whisky and ice are a great combination. We took this a step further on our recent trip to Finse, the remote area of Norway used by pioneering Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton as a training ground for his expeditions.

We rustled up the perfect drink to relax with after a tough day exploring the local glacier in sub-zero conditions.

Created in the late 19th Century at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, the Rob Roy has become a staple on the classic cocktail scene. Essentially a manhattan, but made with Scotch whisky, the drink is inspired by Rob Roy MacGregor — an outlaw turned folk hero who lived life according to the beat of his own drum.

Seeing parallels with the pioneering spirit of our man Sir Ernest Shackleton, we asked our friends Danil Nevsky and Eddie Rudzinskas at Cocktails For You, who joined us on our trip to Finse, for the perfect Rob Roy recipe.


  • 2 1/2 oz. (70ml) Shackleton Blended Malt Whisky
  • 1 oz. (30ml) Martini Rubino
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Zest of an orange


Take a large glass, 1/2 fill with cubed ice, and pour in the ingredients. 

Stir slowly for 10 seconds (using a long handled spoon), then strain the drink (to remove the ice) into your serving glass. We recommend using a coupe style of glass to get the classic look.

Carefully cut a strip of zest from an orange using a peeler. Gently twist the zest back and forth with your fingers to release the sweet aroma.

Then place the zest in the drink as a garnish, and serve.

Note: Chilly climates not required to enjoy this drink.