Cameron’s Kick Cocktail Recipe

Irish whiskey and Scotch whisky come together in Cameron’s Kick, a sour style of cocktail that gets its sweetness from orgeat syrup.

Cameron's Kick

Cameron’s Kick is a classic cocktail which is said to have originated in Harry MacElhone’s Harry’s ABC of Mixing Cocktails, a book first published in 1919. It also appears later in The Savoy Cocktail Book.

The recipe calls for equal parts of Irish whiskey and Scotch whisky, and equal parts of lemon juice and orgeat syrup, shaken and served up. Orgeat is also used as a tiki ingredient. It adds a nuttiness and a creamy mouthfeel to a drink that is essentially a spirit-forward sour drink counterbalanced with the sweetness of orgeat. You can learn how to make orgeat syrup here or purchase any of the commercial brands.

Cameron’s Kick Cocktail Recipe


  • 30 ml Scotch whisky
  • 30 ml Irish whiskey
  • 15 ml lemon juice
  • 15 ml orgeat syrup

Glassware: coupette

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously until cold. Strain into a chilled coupette.

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Cameron’s Kick Cocktail Recipe was last modified: July 25th, 2017 by Corinne Mossati
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