Penicillin Cocktail

Penicillin Cocktail
Penicillin Cocktail

Created by Australian bartender Sam Ross, you’ll be seeing the Penicillin cocktail on most of your drinks menus as it’s becoming a modern classic.

Treat yourself with a penicillin cocktail to be cured of all your pains. Scotch, ginger and lemon makes this cocktail exactly what the doctor ordered.

Penicillin Cocktail

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Recipe by Julian Solorzano Cuisine: Classic CocktailDifficulty: Easy




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  • 1.50 oz Dewars blended Scotch

  • .75 oz Honey syrup

  • .75 oz Lemon juice

  • .25 oz Laphroaig Islay single malt scotch whiskey

  • 2 quarter size slices of fresh ginger

  • Slice of candied ginger, for garnish


  • Muddle the fresh ginger pieces in a cocktail shaker glass with the honey syrup.
  • Add the blended scotch and lemon juice.
  • Fill with ice and shake to chill.
  • Fine strain into a double old-fashioned glass filled three-quarters full with ice.
  • Float the Islay whisky on top of the drink and garnish with candied ginger.

Recipe Video

The Penicillin is just one of the cocktails that use my favorite ingredient, honey syrup. if you are curious about other cocktails that use honey syrup or just about syrups in general, check out our Guide on “everything you need to know about honey syrups” post.


Thank you everyone! Go home and get hammered!

Written by Julian Solorzano

Hailing from Queens, New York, Julian Solorzano served four years in the United States Air Force, traveling throughout Europe and experiencing the best of the local cultures, including their passion for good food and wine. He has since grown an appreciation for all things wine and mixology. Julian fuses that passion with his skills in writing, photography, and video production to share his passion with the world.

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