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Penicillin Cocktail

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Many consider Sam Ross’ Penicillin recipe part of the canon of modern classics.

Australian bartender Sam Ross honed his mixing talents in Melbourne before heading to New York City, where at Milk & Honey, Little Branch, Pegu Club and now at Attaboy, he’s created several enduring drink recipes, among them the Penicillin cocktail: a smoky, spicy mix of Scotch, honey and ginger.


  • 2 oz. blended Scotch whiskey
  • ¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ oz. honey syrup
  • ¼ oz. smoky Islay single-malt Scotch whiskey
  • 2-3 quarter-size slices fresh ginger
  • Tools:muddler, shaker, strainer, fine strainer
  • Glass:rocks
  • Garnish:candied ginger


Muddle fresh ginger in a shaker and add the remaining ingredients, except for the Islay whiskey. Fill the shaker with ice and shake to chill; double-strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Float the whiskey on top and garnish.

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