Schooners Gulch

Schooners Gulch

Posted on March 14, 2014

Scotch continues to feature in our honey cocktail suggestions. This is a basic sour proportion with lime juice; scotch seems to pair particularly well with lime in certain combinations while lemon and scotch can sometimes taste too medicinal. So this is a scotch sour with honey and lime, given a cool pepperiness from the mint, texture from the egg white, and aroma from the soda splash. It has some similarities to the Penicillin.


2 oz. blended scotch
1 oz. lime juice
3/4 to 1 oz. (depending on your sweet/preference) Massey honey simple syrup
8-10 mint leaves
1 egg white
soda water


Muddle the mint in your shaker (always use more mint than you think you’ll need — and chocolate mint can work well here); add the scotch, honey syrup, and fresh lime juice, and the egg white. Shake hard for 60 seconds to incorporate that egg before you add ice; this is called a dry shake, so conceived to avoid dilution. Add lots of ice (big pieces if you have them),
shake for 30 seconds really really hard (you want it to froth up); then strain into a highball or collins glass filled with ice. Top with just a splash of soda water; the point is not to make the drink carbonated but to counterbalance the egg white a bit. The drink should have a visible head and should stick to your lips. Enjoy.