The best scotch for a Penicillin cocktail
A classic Penicillin uses two types of scotch to get that hit of smoke and spice. First, a blended whisky to create the Whisky Sour style base. We use Ballantine’s 12 Year Old for it’s light smoothness that balances the fiery citrus zing of ginger and lemon. Next up is the float of peaty Islay whisky. This gives the Penicillin a serious kick so choose one that’s big and smoky.
- 50ml Ballantine’s 12 Year Old Whisky
- 20ml Honey and Ginger syrup
- 20ml Lemon Juice
- 7.5ml Islay Single Malt
How to make a Penicillin
- Shake the first 3 ingredients with ice.
- Strain into an ice filled glass.
- Top with Islay Whisky and garnish with candied ginger.
Ballantine’s 12 Year Old
PENCILLIN: a cocktail history lesson
Short history, big impact. The Penicillin’s origins might be from the 2000s but it’s quickly become a staple on the list of most popular whisky drinks. Straight outta NYC, this modern-classic was created by Sam Ross during his time on the bartending scene. A true drink of the people. By experimenting with well-known recipes like the Gold Rush and Whisky Sour, his scotch and honey-ginger twist was an immediate hit. Great things come from doing it your way.