Created by New York bartender Sam Ross in 2005, this heady concoction of scotch, honey-ginger syrup, and fresh lemon juice is something of a cure-all—hence the name. Like a deliciously smoky, chilled version of a toddy, the drink first delivers an assertive whiff of peat and brine—thanks to a floater of Islay scotch—that gradually gives way to something altogether more subtle and sweet.
What You Will Need
For the Honey-Ginger Syrup (makes about 1 1/2 cups)
- 1 cup honey
- 1 (6-inch) piece ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
For the Cocktail
- 2 oz. blended scotch
- 3⁄4 oz. fresh lemon juice
- 3⁄4 oz. honey-ginger syrup
- 1 1⁄2 oz. Islay single malt scotch, preferably Laphroaig 10 Year
- Candied ginger, to garnish
- Make the honey-ginger syrup: Combine honey, ginger, and 1 cup water in a 2-qt. saucepan over high; boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer 5 minutes; chill overnight, then strain, discarding solids.
- Make the cocktail: Combine blended scotch, lemon juice, and syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice; shake vigorously and strain into a rocks glass with one large ice cube. Top with Laphroaig and garnish with candied ginger, if you like.