Blended Scotch, Islay Scotch, Ginger-Honey Syrup, Lemon juice
For ginger honey syrup, combine 1/2 cup honey and 1/2 cup water in saucepan over medium heat until combined. Add an ounce of peeled ginger and bring to boil, simmer for 10 minutes. Strain. (Or, mix equal parts honey and water and muddle a few slices of ginger). Combine all ingredients with ice, shake, drink, be merry, etc.
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Created bySam Ross (Milk & Honey)
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Posted byJaxon on 09/19/2011


It must be said that the sweetener spec in the original is a bit different, and this is crucial for making this drink as it was intended to be. It's supposed to be a sweetened ginger juice and honey syrup(3:1 honey to water) combined in equal parts(3/8 oz of each) to make a 3/4 oz of sweet. The sweetened ginger juice is 4 parts fresh ginger juice to 3 parts granulated white sugar, stirred to make a syrup. The Islay scotch shall be used as a float on top to give a smoky nose and should not be shaken with the rest of the ingredients. The idea is to give the impression of a smoky drink, but when you sip it it's actually more mellow.

Zachary Pearson's picture


Do you have a source for that? If so, I can rewrite the drink, but considering it's a major shift, I'd like to be able to link to something.



The source you can use is Sam Ross' Bartender's Choice app. I know that the recipe in the app calls for shaking all ingredients, including the Islay scotch, but I've had this drink at Milk&Honey and they definitely use it as a float. It's also garnished with a candied or fresh piece of ginger. Thanks!

More sour/less sweet than I expected. Planning to try with less lemon juice, maybe some simple syrup.

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Very nice cocktail, and surprisingly accessible for the non-Scotch lover. I also made a version with Anejo Tequila and Mezcal -- very nice.

Dan, I've made one with Mezcal, I was thinking of putting it up but would take it down if it's too similar, is yours posted? If so, under what name, and if not, would you mind putting the build?

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Very good. Used honey and King's Ginger with Balvenie. Even Robin liked it. (4 stars)

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