The Story Behind The Penicillin

There are no antibiotics in this drink, but it’s a pretty fail-safe remedy for the winter blues. An incredibly flavorful, Scotch-based cocktail, the Penicillin manages to be both boozy and refreshing. Fresh lemon and ginger provide pleasing bite, while honey adds smoothness.

In addition to the blended Scotch base, a float of Islay Scotch finishes things off.


  • 2 ounces blended Scotch, such as Monkey Shoulder or Famous Grouse
  • ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce honey simple syrup
  • 4 nickel-sized slices of ginger
  • ¼ ounce smoky Islay Scotch


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

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Updated: 2018-05-15

The Penicillin Recipe