So, my favourite minimalist, cheers to you. I made you a Manhattan.
adapted from How to Cook Everything Mark Bittman
6 oz rye or blended whiskey
3 oz sweet vermouth
1 dash bitters, or to taste
4 maraschino cherries, for garnish
Combine the liquids in a shaker or pitcher with plenty of ice and shake or stir to combine and chill. Strain into glasses, garnish and serve. (Or serve on the rocks, as I did)
For a Rob Roy, substitute Scotch for the whiskey or rye.
Here's a video of Bitty talking about his cocktail theory.
Booze + Sweet + Sour = Cocktail. He's not called the Minimalist for nothing.