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How to make The Penicillin cocktail – Masterclass | Behind the Bar

Everything you need to know to make Sam Ross’ smokey, double whisky, honey & ginger classic – The Penicillin – the cure for what ails you.

Just in time for World Cocktail Day, Cara ponders where the word cocktail came from and shows you how to make Sam Ross’ modern classic – The Penicillin.

Penicillin Cocktail Recipe


  • 50ml Blended Whisky (Johnnie Walker Black Label)
  • 20ml Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 20ml Honey & Ginger Syrup
  • 10-15ml Smoky Whisky (Ardbeg Ten)
  • Candied Ginger to garnish


  1. Combine the blended whisky, lemon juice & honey ginger syrup into your large tin.
  2. Fill small tin with ice and add to large tin.
  3. Shake until frosty.
  4. Strain into chilled glass over a large piece of ice, using a hawthorne & fine strainers.
  5. Pour smoky whisky slowly over the back of a spoon so it floats gently on the top of the drink.
  6. Garnish with candied ginger on a skewer.

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