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Considered a modern scotch cocktail, The Penicillin was created by mixologist Sam Ross at the famous New York watering hole, Milk & Honey in the 2000s.
The key ingredient that ties everything together is the honey-ginger syrup. The culinarian in me suggests you use Logwood honey from St. Elizabeth or Blue Mountain honey. There’s just something about Jamaican organic ingredients that takes things up an extra notch.
The Scottish whiskies I’ve utilized in my rendition are a blended scotch from Dewars aged in Caribbean rum casks because I wanted to keep the “island” theme going on even if this cocktail does not originate from our shores. The smoky whisper at the end is courtesy of the Islay single malt, The Octomore from the Bruichladdich distillery.
The Penicillin is sweet, spicy and citrusy with a hint of smoke which will even bowl over your non-scotch drinking friends. Perfect sipper for autumn and winter!
– JuicyChef xo
- 60ml/2ozs Dewars Caribbean Smooth
- 22.5ml/ ¾ oz lemon juice
- 22.5ml/ ¾ oz honey ginger syrup
- 15ml/ ½ oz The Octomore
- Garnish with ginger and lemon
- Add ice to a shaker and add the blended scotch, lemon juice and honey ginger syrup and shake briskly until well chilled and combined.
- Add ice to a rocks glass filled with ice and strain over mixture.
- Pour the smoky Islay scotch on top.
- Garnish with ginger and lemon and serve immediately.
* You must be 21 years and older to drink. Please drink responsibly!
Jacqui ‘JuicyChef’ Sinclair, founder of Nyam & Trod, is a British Jamaican award-winning chef, writer, and food culturist. She is a co-founder of Kingston Kitchen, an annual food event supporting food artisans. Jacqui has been an advocate of the Meatless Monday Global movement in Jamaica since 2011. Jacqui’s work has been featured in such publications as the Huffington Post, the Jamaica Observer, Saveur, The Jewish Post and numerous blogs. She has appeared on the Travel Channel’s ‘Bizarre Foods’ with Andrew Zimmern and Food & Wine’s Jamaica episode with Kwame Onwuachi.