Bartender Feature:: Sam Ross

by Negronis Greg

Sam Ross is a renowned bartender and mixologist based in New York City. He is known for his innovative approach to cocktail making and his dedication to using high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients in his drinks.

Ross's signature cocktail is the "Penicillin," which he created while working at the Milk & Honey bar in New York. The drink is a smoky and spicy creation that incorporates scotch whiskey, honey, ginger, and lemon for a complex and balanced flavor.

Here is the recipe for Ross's "Penicillin" cocktail:


  • 60 ml blended scotch whiskey
  • 22.5 ml lemon juice
  • 22.5 ml honey-ginger syrup
  • 7.5 ml Islay scotch whiskey
  • Candied ginger, for garnish


  1. Combine the blended scotch, lemon juice, and honey-ginger syrup in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well.
  3. Strain the cocktail into a glass filled with ice.
  4. Float the Islay scotch on top of the drink.
  5. Garnish with a piece of candied ginger.

The "Penicillin" has become a popular drink in the cocktail world, and has been featured on menus at bars and restaurants around the globe.

In addition to his work as a bartender, Ross has also been involved in a number of other projects in the cocktail industry. He has opened several bars in New York City, including the renowned Attaboy, and has been a consultant for bars and restaurants around the world. He has also authored several books on the topic of cocktail making.

If you're interested in learning more about Sam Ross and his work, you can check out his website,, where he shares information about his consulting services and upcoming events. You can also follow him on social media, including Instagram (@samrossnyc), where he shares updates on his latest projects and cocktail creations.

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