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Shot of a Penicillin cocktail with lemon and ginger garnish.

Penicillin Cocktail Recipe

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: Shaker
  • Cuisine: American


This drink won’t cure any diseases, but the Penicillin Cocktail will sure make you feel better. Embark on the experience of making this modern classic cocktail!


  • ¾ Ounce Ginger Syrup (see below)
  • ¾ Ounce Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 2 Ounces Blended Scotch Whisky
  • 1 ½ Ounces Islay Scotch Whisky
  • Ice, for Shaker
  • Ice, for lowball glass
  • Candied Ginger for garnish (recipe here)
  • Lemon peel twist for garnish

For Honey Ginger Syrup:


  1. Add shaker ice, blended Scotch, lemon juice, and ginger syrup to shaker
  2. Vigorously shake for 15 seconds.
  3. Strain into lowball glass that has a large ice cube
  4. Using a cocktail spoon, layer Isley Scotch on top
  5. Garnish and serve

For Ginger Syrup:

  1. Add ginger tea (recipe) and honey to a small saucepan
  2. Heat to medium-low and stir until all ingredients are well blended
  3. Refrigerate in Half Pint jar. Use within one month.


Total time is 5 minutes, but it takes more time to make the ginger syrup needed for this recipe.

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