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Classic Mamie Taylor Cocktail

The Mamie Taylor cocktail offers a delightful balance of flavors, a refreshing blend of spicy ginger beer, smooth Scotch whisky, and zesty lime juice. This classic drink, named after a popular opera singer from the early 20th century, combines warmth and tanginess perfectly. Ideal for casual gatherings and special occasions, the Mamie Taylor cocktail is a sophisticated choice that brings a touch of history to your glass.

A collins glass filled with the cocktail with a stirrer and lime wedge in it
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This drink isn’t well known, but if more scotch drinkers knew about this classic cocktail, they would put it on their rotation.

It is refreshing and the perfect cocktail to sip on your patio or poolside this summer.

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Helpful tips

  • Freshly squeezed lime juice enhances the cocktail’s flavor much better than bottled juice.
  • Wash your citrus before juicing or using it as a garnish in the cocktail. Here’s how: either use a vegetable cloth like this. Run cold water over the citrus and rub the coarse side of the cloth briskly over the skin. Rinse, and you’re ready to use it. If you don’t have the cloth, use a vegetable brush or non-scented natural soap to scrub the skin and rinse the fruit.
  • Since Scotch is a primary ingredient, using a decent-quality whiskey will greatly improve the overall taste of the cocktail.
  • Ensure the Scotch and ginger beer are well-chilled before mixing to keep the cocktail refreshing and cold.
  • Fill the glass with ice to ensure the drink stays cold and properly diluted as you sip.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge or twist to enhance the presentation and add a subtle hint of citrus aroma.
  • Different brands of ginger beer can vary in sweetness and spiciness. Experiment with a few to find the one that best suits your taste.
  • Although I always say to try the recipe as written, if you prefer a sweeter cocktail, add a touch of simple syrup or a splash of ginger ale. For a more tart drink, squeeze in extra lime juice.
  • Use a Collins or highball glass to properly showcase the cocktail and allow for the right balance of ingredients.
  • After adding all the ingredients, gently stir to mix without losing too much carbonation from the ginger beer.
  • The Mamie Taylor is best enjoyed right after preparation while it’s still fizzy and cold.

How to make the Mamie Taylor cocktail

Pre-step

Get your glassware and fill it with ice cubes. Also, get a measuring glass and cocktail stirrer.

Cut a wedge out of a lime and set aside.

After measuring out the ingredients, pour them into the ice-filled glass.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – scotch whisky, fresh lime juice, and ginger beer. (A)

Step two

Measure out 2 ounces of scotch. (B)

Left - Scotch, lime, and ginger beer on a table. Right - scotch measured out
Photo Credit: Dishes Delish.

Step three

Measure out 3/4 of an ounce of fresh lime juice. (C)

Step four

I measured out the ginger beer because I have to give an amount for the recipe card, but you will just fill the glass with it, making sure it’s at least 3 ounces. (D)

Lime juice and ginger beer measured out
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Step five

Add the lime wedge to the glass and give the cocktail a stir with the stirrer or cocktail spoon.

Vertical view of a collin glass with the yellow cocktail with a lime wedge and stirrer in it
Photo Credit: Dishes Delish.

Doesn’t that look refreshing and delicious?

Overhead view of the glass with the stirrer, ice and lime wedge
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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 classic 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

Ingredients

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

Garnish

  • 1 wedge lime

Instructions

  • 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
  • Sip, smile, and enjoy.
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Notes

Helpful tips

  • Freshly squeezed lime juice enhances the cocktail’s flavor much better than bottled juice.
  • Wash your citrus before juicing or using it as a garnish in the cocktail. Here’s how: either use a vegetable cloth like this. Run cold water over the citrus and rub the coarse side of the cloth briskly over the skin. Rinse, and you’re ready to use it. If you don’t have the cloth, use a vegetable brush or non-scented natural soap to scrub the skin and rinse the fruit.
  • Since Scotch is a primary ingredient, using a decent-quality whiskey will greatly improve the overall taste of the cocktail.
  • Ensure the Scotch and ginger beer are well-chilled before mixing to keep the cocktail refreshing and cold.
  • Fill the glass with ice to ensure the drink stays cold and properly diluted as you sip.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge or twist to enhance the presentation and add a subtle hint of citrus aroma.
  • Different brands of ginger beer can vary in sweetness and spiciness. Experiment with a few to find the one that best suits your taste.
  • Although I always say to try the recipe as written, if you prefer a sweeter cocktail, add a touch of simple syrup or a splash of ginger ale. For a more tart drink, squeeze in extra lime juice.
  • Use a Collins or highball glass to properly showcase the cocktail and allow for the right balance of ingredients.
  • After adding all the ingredients, gently stir to mix without losing too much carbonation from the ginger beer.
  • The Mamie Taylor is best enjoyed right after preparation while it’s still fizzy and cold.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktail | 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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15 Comments

  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! 🙂 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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