The Penicillin is a cocktail made with Whisky, Lemon Juice, Ginger Syrup and Honey. It's a refreshing and unique twist on the classic Rusty Nail cocktail.



  • 50ml

    Johnnie Walker Black Label

  • 3

    Slices of Fresh Ginger

  • 25ml

    Lemon Juice

  • 25ml

    Honey Syrup

  • 12.5ml

    Talisker Single Malt Whisky

  • 2

    Candied Ginger Pieces (Garnish)

0 units of alcohol per serve


  • 1

    Rocks Glass

  • 1

    Ice Scoop

  • 1


  • 1


  • 1

    Cocktail Shaker

  • 1

    Hawthorne Strainer

  • 1




  • Preparation
    1. Muddle the Ginger in the base of a cocktail shaker.
    2. Shake the first three liquid ingredients with Ice.
    3.  Strain into an Ice-filled Rocks Glass.
    4. Layer the Talisker over the top.
    5. Garnish with Candied Ginger Pieces.
  • Alcohol content

    Alcohol content

    20.5g per serve

Interesting facts

The Penicillin is often referred to as a 'hangover cure' due to its ginger content, which is known to settle an upset stomach.

History of the drink

The Penicillin was invented by bartender Sam Ross in 2005, at the now-defunct Milk & Honey in New York City. The drink was inspired by a Scottish whisky cocktail called the Rusty Nail. Ross wanted to create a twist on the classic cocktail, so he added ginger and lemon to the mix. The drink was an instant success and has since been popularized by bartenders all over the world.