The Cameron’s Kick Cocktail

Irish and Scotch whisk(e)y join forces in this 1922 cocktail recipe, revived by historian David Wondrich and popularized in the New York City bar scene.
Cameron's Kick / Getty

Made with equal parts Irish and Scotch whiskey, this drink’s origin is attributed to Harry MacElhone’s 1922 book, Harry’s ABC of Making Cocktails. While no one seems to know who Cameron was, it’s become a staple of the modern cocktail canon. Cocktail historian David Wondrich is generally credited the drink’s revival in the mid-2000s. He first published the recipe in his 2005 book, Killer Cocktails (Harper Collins), which eventually landed it on cocktail menus across New York City. We’re glad he did, because it helped elevate Irish whiskey from mere shot status to cocktail essential.

Recipe courtesy The Cocktail Chronicles, by Paul Clarke

Four Classic Irish Whiskey Cocktails
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce Irish whiskey
  • 1 ounce blended Scotch whisky
  • ½ ounce lemon juice
  • ½ ounce orgeat (almond syrup)
  • Orange twist, to garnish
Directions

Combine all ingredients (except garnish) in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to chill, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with orange twist.

Published on March 17, 2017
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She's the author of Shake.Stir.Sip.: 40 Effortless Cocktails Made In Equal Parts (Chronicle Books, coming fall 2016) as well as Cocktails for a Crowd (Chronicle Books, 2013).   Email: spirits@wineenthusiast.net



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