Penicillin Cocktail
Calories: 169kcal
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Nothing cures the weary winter drinker like a Penicillin, made with blended Scotch, smoky Islay Scotch, lemon juice, and honey ginger simple syrup. 



  • 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.

Estimated Nutrition:

Calories: 169kcal (8%)Carbohydrates: 7g (2%)Protein: 1g (2%)Fat: 1g (2%)Saturated Fat: 1g (6%)Sodium: 4mgPotassium: 139mg (4%)Fiber: 1g (4%)Sugar: 1g (1%)Vitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 10mg (12%)Calcium: 6mg (1%)Iron: 1mg (6%)
CourseBeverage, Cocktail
CuisineBeverage, Cocktail, Drinks
KeywordBeverage Recipe, Cocktail Recipe, Drink Recipe

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.