Penicillin Cocktail

This may be what the doctor actually ordered. Smoky Scotch, sweet honey, spicy ginger, and lemon all served over ice to soothe all ailments.

Penicillin Cocktail Recipe


2 oz Johnnie Walker Black Label Blended Scotch 12 Year Old
¾ oz sweet n’ spicy ginger honey simple syrup (recipe below)
¾ oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
¼ oz Islay Single Malt Scotch, Topper
Garnish: candied ginger


Add the blended scotch, the ginger honey simple syrup, and fresh lemon juice into your cocktail shaker that is filled with ice and shake vigorously until a frost appears on the outside of the cocktail shaker. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Top with Islay Single Malt Scotch and garnish with a piece of candied ginger on a pick.

Sweet n’ Spicy Ginger Honey Simple Syrup Recipe 


6-inch piece of fresh ginger
1 cup filtered water
1 cup of honey


  1. Add the peeled and thinly sliced ginger and water in a small saucepan and bring to a gentle boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, making sure not to let all the water evaporate.
  2. Using a slotted spoon, carefully remove the ginger pieces and discard them. Add in the honey, stirring gently, and simmer for another 5 minutes, or until the mixture thickens and the honey has dissolved.
  3. Remove from the heat and allow to come to room temperature, then transfer to a container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Story by Rachel Carr / Recipe by Sarah Cascone / Photography by Dave Bryce

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