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Maker's® Penicillin

A tale of two whiskies, the Penicillin cocktail opens with aromas of smoke and peat and then gives way to a balanced sweetness and a pop of spice. Maker’s®, Scotch, ginger, honey and lemon recall the flavors of warm drinks, but in thie case, are best served on the rocks.

Preparation Time
6 min

Flavor Profile
Rich and Bright


  • 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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A Maker's Mark Penicillin cocktail in a glass tumbler sits on counter. It's garnished with candied ginger pieces over ice.
  • Step 1
    Make the honey syrup
    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.
  • Step 2
    Muddle ginger and add ingredients
    Muddle ginger in shaker and then add Maker’s Mark®, juice, honey syrup and ice.
  • Step 3
    Shake and strain
    Shake well and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
  • Step 4
    Add some scotch
    Top with Laphroaig®.
  • Step 5
    Garnish and enjoy
    Garnish with candied ginger.
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Maker's® Penicillin

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Break the straw

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.
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A grade above

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.
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Stay sweet

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.

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No strain, no gain

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.

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