A Toast to Innovation

Ever heard of a drink that can cure what ails you? Meet the Penicillin cocktail – a modern concoction that’s as intriguing as its name. No, it’s not actual medicine, but it sure does wonders for your taste buds!

The Birth of a Modern Elixir

Picture this: the early 2000s, a bustling New York bar scene, and a bartender named Sam Ross. He mixes, stirs, and voilà – the Penicillin cocktail is born. It’s a blend of smoky Scotch, sweet honey, spicy ginger, and zesty lemon. This drink quickly became a sensation, and let me tell you, it’s easy to see why!

The Symphony of Flavors

Imagine a sip that takes you on a journey – starting with the smoky whispers of Scotch, moving through the comforting sweetness of honey, the zing of ginger, and finishing with a bright citrus kick. That’s the Penicillin for you, a harmony of flavors that’s both bold and soothing.

Crafting the Cure – Ingredients and Recipe

What You’ll Need

  • Blended Scotch whisky – the backbone of the drink.
  • Single malt Scotch – for that smoky top note.
  • Fresh lemon juice – because every good cocktail needs a citrus twist.
  • Honey-ginger syrup – the secret weapon that ties it all together.

Penicillin Cocktail


Nothing cures the weary winter drinker like a Penicillin, made with blended Scotch, smoky Islay Scotch, lemon juice, and honey ginger simple syrup. 

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Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes

Ingredients - What's in it?

Adjust Servings 1 serving

Instructions - How to make it:

  • Put ginger slices and honey syrup in the base of a shaker and gently muddle.
  • Combine other ingredients (except Islay Scotch) and shake with ice.
  • Double-strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.
  • Float the Islay Scotch over the top of the drink by pouring it over a bar spoon for even distribution.
  • Garnish with candied ginger on a cocktail pick.

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Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg

Course Beverage, Cocktail
Cuisine Beverage, Cocktail, Drinks
Keyword Beverage, Cocktail, Drink

The Balancing Act – Smoky, Sweet, Citrus

Creating the perfect Penicillin is all about balance. Too much smoke, and you’ll miss the sweetness. Too sweet, and you’ll drown out the Scotch. It’s like being a conductor of a flavor orchestra, ensuring every note plays its part.

The Scotch Factor – Peaty or Smooth?

The choice of Scotch can make or break your Penicillin. A peaty single malt adds a layer of smokiness, while a smoother blend keeps it mellow. It’s like choosing the lead singer for your band – it sets the tone for the whole show.

Presentation and Garnish – Dressing Up Your Drink

  • Glassware Matters: Serve your Penicillin in a rocks glass – it’s classic and lets the drink shine.
  • Garnish with Flair: A slice of candied ginger or a lemon twist not only looks great but also adds an extra zing to each sip. It’s like the cherry on top of an already fabulous dessert.

The Art of Balance – Mixing Like a Pro

  • Find Your Sweet Spot: The key to a great Penicillin is balance. Too much lemon, and it overshadows the Scotch. Too much honey-ginger syrup, and it’s overly sweet. Experiment until you find the perfect harmony for your palate.
  • Personal Touch: Don’t be afraid to tweak the recipe. Love the smokiness? Add a bit more single malt Scotch. Prefer it sweeter? Go heavy on the honey-ginger syrup.

Penicillin Variations – Playful Twists on the Classic

  • Herbal Remix: Add a sprig of thyme or rosemary for an herbal note.
  • Fruity Flair: Muddle in some fresh berries for a fruity twist.
  • Spice It Up: A dash of cinnamon or a slice of jalapeño can add an exciting kick.

Cheers to Creativity!

The Penicillin cocktail is more than just a drink; it’s a testament to the endless possibilities in the world of mixology. Whether you’re a seasoned bartender or a curious newbie, this cocktail offers a playground for creativity and flavor exploration. So, grab your shaker, and let’s make some magic!