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A Unique Take on a Classic Scotch Whiskey Cocktail - The Penicillin

Fri, Mar 10, 23  |  scotch cocktails

Penicillin Scotch Whiskey Cocktail

Penicillin is a popular cocktail that combines the smokiness of scotch whiskey with the sweetness of honey and the tanginess of fresh lemon juice. This drink is perfect for those who enjoy a robust and flavorful cocktail that packs a punch.

The Penicillin cocktail has become a modern classic, with its roots in the New York cocktail scene. This recipe is easy to follow and can be made with a few ingredients, making it a great choice for a party or a quiet night at home.


  • 2 oz. of scotch whiskey
  • 3/4 oz. of fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz. of honey syrup (equal parts honey and water)
  • 1/4 oz. of Islay Scotch Whiskey (for float)
  • Ginger, sliced (optional)


  • Combine the scotch whiskey, lemon juice, and honey syrup in a shaker with ice.
  • Shake well and strain into a glass filled with ice.
  • Gently pour the Islay Scotch whiskey over the back of a spoon to create a float on top of the cocktail.
  • Garnish with a slice of ginger, if desired.

For those who prefer smokier flavors, you can replace the blended Scotch whisky with single malt whisky instead. When using single malt whisky, it's best to add additional simple syrup since single malt whiskeys tend to be more robust in flavor and require more sweetness. Additionally, if you want even more of a ginger kick in your Penicillin cocktail, you can add some fresh ginger juice or muddle some freshly cut ginger into the mix before shaking it together with other ingredients.


The Penicillin scotch whiskey cocktail is a must-try for any whiskey lover. Its combination of smokiness, sweetness, and tanginess is a perfect balance of flavors. This cocktail is easy to make and is sure to impress your guests at any party. Whether you are enjoying it on a quiet night at home or with friends, the Penicillin is a delicious and sophisticated cocktail that is sure to become a favorite.

So, next time you are in the mood for a flavorful and robust cocktail, give the Penicillin a try!

By Jason Zheng

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