Sour cocktails are one of my favorite cocktails, and the Penicillin cocktail doesn’t disappoint! It offers a great combination of flavors in a refreshing drink that can be enjoyed year around.
The most significant difference I make is that I use two different syrups instead of just a honey ginger syrup. I do this because I use ginger and honey syrup in other cocktails separately at the bar I work at.
Who Created the Penicillin cocktail?
Australian Sam Ross created this modern classic cocktail around 2005 while working at Milk & Honey.
He took the Gold Rush cocktail, used a blended Scotch instead of bourbon, and added ginger juice to the recipe.
Then, he added a float of single malt scotch whisky to give the cocktail some smokey characteristics.
Sam Ross is also known for creating the Paper Plane, a riff on the classic cocktail The Last Word.
Which Blended Scotch To Use?
Here is a video of us comparing three $30 bottles of blended scotch to see which makes the best Penicillin cocktail.