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Classic Mamie Taylor Cocktail

This is my classic Mamie Taylor Cocktail recipe! It is a new to me drink, but a classic!

A collins glass filled with the cocktail with a stirrer and lime wedge in it


Did you know that Mamie Taylor was an opera singer around the turn of the 20th century?  I didn’t either.  This is a fairly new cocktail for me.  One story goes that she asked a bartender to concoct this cocktail.  It’s like a scotch highball!

Another story is that she asked for a wine/lemon type drink but the bartender couldn’t comply so he concocted this for her and she loved it.

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The rest is history.


Is it really history if there are different versions of stories running around?

Scotch, lime and ginger beer

Do you have a monkey on your shoulder?  Well I have Monkey Shoulder scotch!  What is your favorite brand?  Leave me a comment to let me know.

How to make the Mamie Taylor cocktail

We have scotch, lime juice and ginger beer!  Easy peasy.

I grab my Collins glass and fill it with ice.  Some peeps put this Mamie Taylor cocktail in a rocks or double old fashioned glass but I like the slim line of the Collins glass.

I measure out 2 ounces of scotch.

Scotch measured with the glass and bottle in the background

I pour the monkey shoulder into the glass and get the next ingredient.  The lime juice.

I squeeze the lime and measure out 3/4 ounce of the precious liquid.  I also cut a lime wedge for garnish.

Lime juice measured with a lime and glass filled with ice in the background

Into the glass it goes.

Time to pop the ginger beer tab and pour out 4 ounces.  Of course, you don’t have to measure out 4 ounces, you can fill the glass with the ginger beer, but make sure it’s at least 3 ounces.

Ginger beer measured with the can, lime wedge and filling glass in the background

I pour it into the glass.  I take my handy dandy stirrer and stir the Mamie Taylor cocktail.  I squeeze the lime wedge into the glass and plop it in.

Bottoms up

A collins glass filled with the cocktail with a stirrer and lime wedge in it

Let’s look at the vertical view.

Vertical view of a collin glass with the yellow cocktail with a lime wedge and stirrer in it

Yay!  Are you up for peeping at the aerial view?

Aerial view of the glass with a lime wedge and stirrer

I hope you enjoyed this Mamie Taylor cocktail recipe!

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A collins glass filled with the cocktail with a stirrer and lime wedge in it - square

Classic Mamie Taylor Cocktail

This scotch cocktail is refreshing and delicious!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: Cocktails
Keyword: mamie taylor, mamie taylor cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Cocktail
Calories: 180kcal


  • 2 ounces scotch
  • 3/4 ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 4 ounces ginger beer


  • 1 wedge lime


  • Fill the glass with ice
  • Add scotch, lime and ginger beer
    2 ounces scotch, 3/4 ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice, 4 ounces ginger beer
  • Stir and squeeze lime wedge into glass
    1 wedge lime
  • Lift glass
  • Sip
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Serving: 1serving | Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Sodium: 7mg | Sugar: 9g | Iron: 0.2mg
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From lighting up stages with her BA in theater to food journalist, Elaine Benoit's journey is a testament to passion's transformative power. As the CEO of Dishes Delish, she offers a blend of healthy, comforting recipes and exquisitely crafted cocktails. Beyond the kitchen, Elaine voiced her culinary adventures on her podcast, "Dishing," and co-owns Food Blogger Help, extending her expertise to guide budding food bloggers to success. Whether it's for a heartwarming dish or insights into food blogging, Elaine's diverse experiences make her a beacon in the culinary digital landscape.

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  1. I honestly don’t know if I have ever had scotch but, as usual this cocktail looks gorgeous! Your photography skills are top notch, Elaine!!

  2. mm-k.. So I have an idea. How’s about you make me this drink, and then I drink it while you sing opera to me? k? k. I love this idea..
    Also I really need to go somewhere that does scotch tastings, because I can’t afford to ‘guess’ and taste with scotch- the good ones are soooo pricy! But I do love it! This sounds delicious!

    1. Hehe, Sarah. I’d be happy to! ๐Ÿ™‚ I know, our local small liquor store does tastings and I’m glad because it’s a great way to figure out what is good.

  3. This cocktail looks delicious and I love that bit of history! I’m also a classically trained singer and minored in voice in college. I’m a spinto soprano and I did some opera, as well! So cool to find a fellow food blogger who sings! Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to try the cocktail!

  4. My hubby loves scotch, so I’ll have to show him this recipe! And…our son is majoring in theater, so I have a special appreciation for your talents! I’m impressed, for sure. I can’t sing to save my life.

    1. Hehe Robin. Thanks! I’m like an onion, all those layers. Errr, but without the smell or the cause of people crying.

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