Penicillin Recipe


The Penicillin cocktail was devised by Australian bartender Sam Ross, a veteran of famed New York bars Milk & Honey, Little Branch, Pegu Club, and Attaboy. This modern classic uses a combination of blended scotch, Islay single malt, fresh lemon juice, honey syrup, and ginger to make a smoky, sweet cocktail that’ll warm you right up.


2 oz blended scotch
0.25 oz Islay single malt scotch
0.75 oz fresh lemon juice
0.75 oz 1:1 honey syrup
2-3 quarter-size slices fresh ginger
Candied ginger for garnish

Preparation: How to make a Penicillin

  1. Muddle fresh ginger in a shaker and add the remaining ingredients, except for the Islay whiskey.
  2. Add ice and shake until chilled, then double-strain into an ice-filled Old-Fashioned glass.
  3. Float the whiskey on top and garnish with candied ginger (usually on a cocktail pick of some sort).