Riffs on riffs on riffs is so often the name of the modern cocktail game, evidenced no more directly than with the conception of the Amoxicillin. It’s a low-proof reimagining of the Penichillin, itself a lighthearted frozen version of Sam Ross’s nouveau classic, the Penicillin. The Penichillin—the most popular drink at Diamond Reef, a Brooklyn bar in which Ross has a stake—plucks Ross’s original ingredients out of the mixing tin and places them in a blender. For the Amoxicillin, our low-ABV rendering, oloroso sherry replaces the Penicillin’s blended Scotch.
- 1 1/2 ounces oloroso sherry
- 3/4 ounce peated Scotch, preferably Laphroaig
- 3/4 ounce lemon juice
- 3/4 ounce ginger syrup (see Editor's Note)
Garnish: lemon wheel
- Combine all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
- Pour into a rocks glass and garnish with the lemon wheel.
2 cups sugar
1 cup fresh ginger juice
Combine the sugar and ginger juice in a small pot over very low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and let cool completely. Transfer to a plastic or glass container and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.