Maker’s® Penicillin

This one is a bit like a “cold toddy.” Served on the rocks, the Penicillin cocktail brings together the comforting flavors of lemon and honey, a touch of smoke from the Scotch, a zing of ginger and, of course, Maker’s Mark®.


  • 2 parts Maker’s Mark® Bourbon
  • 1/2 part Laphroaig® Single Malt Whisky
  • 1 part fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 part honey syrup*
  • 1 disk fresh ginger
  • Candied ginger for garnish
*For the Honey Syrup
  • 2 parts honey
  • 1 part hot water
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Pro Tips
Skip the straw with Maker’s® Penicillin and other drinks that deliver a strong nose up front. That initial waft of single malt Scotch is part of the experience.
Store-bought honey is graded on a quality scale of A to C, based on moisture content, color, clarity and absence of defects. But for the purest, most flavorful honey, explore your local farmers’ market to seek out the raw or unpasteurized variety.
Honey syrup will keep in the refrigerator for at least a week and has a number of uses. It’s great in sauces, marinades, vinaigrettes and, of course, other Maker’s cocktails.
Double straining, or fine straining, is exactly as it sounds. Running your cocktail through the Hawthorne strainer and into a fine mesh strainer helps extract tiny unwanted bits, ensuring a smooth consistency.

How to

  1. To make honey syrup, add 2 parts honey to 1 part hot water. Mix until honey dissolves into a syrupy consistency. Add additional honey to taste.
  2. Muddle ginger in shaker and then add Maker’s Mark®, juice, honey syrup and ice.
  3. Shake well and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Top with Laphroaig®.
  5. Garnish with candied ginger.

A TALE OF TWO WHISKIES History of the Maker’s Penicillin

The original Penicillin Cocktail was created as a play on The Gold Rush – itself a play on the Whisky Sour. This one benefits from the use of two whiskies, a blended Scotch and a single malt that’s floated atop the drink at the end of the recipe. That topper is meant to deliver an initial gust of peat and smoke to its imbiber – one reason its creator decided to serve the Penicillin without a straw. We find that the bright, honeyed, and spicey sweetness at the core of this drink blends perfectly with Maker’s Mark – which we use in place of the blended Scotch.

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