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Drink: Penicillin

Penicillin was the cure of the 20th century, but this cocktail just might be the cure of the 21st century. With the unpredictable Midwest weather, it’s almost impossible not to come down with a cold. Let’s boost our immune systems with some natural remedies. Mix your scotch, lemon juice, honey syrup, ginger, and you’ll be healed. (Or, at least you’ll feel healed.)


  • 4 thin slices of ginger, peeled and about 3/4 inch round
  • 2 oz. blended scotch
  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz. honey syrup
  • 1/2 oz. single malt scotch
  • Ice, for serving (clear ice works best!)
  • Candied ginger or ginger root and a lemon peel, to garnish


  1. In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle (gently mash) the ginger with a muddler or wooden spoon until it is mashed and juices are released, about 15 seconds.
  2. To the cocktail shaker, add the blended scotch, lemon juice and honey syrup with a handful of ice. Shake until cold.
  3. Strain the drink into a lowball glass with one large ice cube.
  4. Carefully pour the single malt scotch over the back of a spoon just above the surface of the drink, creating a layer on top. Garnish with candied ginger, ginger root or lemon peel and serve.

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