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Penicillin Cocktail

Penicillin Cocktail

Penicillin Cocktail (Wikimedia Commons)

1 serving

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2 ounces blended Scotch, such as Famous Grouse

3/4 ounce honey-ginger syrup

3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

1/4 ounce Islay single-malt Scotch, preferably Laphroaig 10 year old

Garnish: fresh or candied ginger for garnish


First, prepare the honey-ginger syrup. Here are some options:

Alternative #1: Combine 1 cup of honey with one 6-inch peeled and sliced piece of ginger root with 1 cup of water in a small pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Refrigerate overnight, then strain, discarding the solids.

Alternative #2: Muddle 2-3 healthy quarter-size slices of fresh ginger in the bottom of your cocktail shaker before starting to make your cocktail.

Alternative #3: Use a ginger liqueur and add 3 bar spoons of a 3:1 mix of honey syrup.

Combine the blended Scotch with the honey-ginger syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker three-quarters filled with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a rocks glass with ice. Top with the Islay Scotch and garnish with fresh or candied ginger.