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Cocktail History

It’s not often you come across a cocktail that is made using a scotch but it exists. Well, the use of lemon juice and honey ginger makes for a delicious drink that takes away from the typical smokiness that scotch brings. The Penicillin is a classic scotch cocktail that was more recently created in the early 2000s by Sam Ross, a bartender who worked at the pioneering New York cocktail spot Milk & Honey. Ross took the elements of the Gold Rush cocktail (bourbon, lemon, and honey), made it with blended Scotch, then added equal parts honey syrup and sweetened ginger juice. This Penicillin, luckily, doesn’t require a prescription.


Cocktail Preparation

Add the blended scotch, juice, and syrup into a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Top with the single-malt scotch. Garnish with a piece of candied ginger.

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