Mamie Taylor was a famous opera singer around the turn of the 20th century and one story goes that a Rochester, New York bartender created this drink at her request sometime around 1899.
The tall cooler was given her name and enjoyed great popularity for a few years, then it fizzled out for years until it reappeared due to the new interest in classic cocktails. Nevertheless, the Mamie Taylor is a great drink, like a Scotch highball. You can use any blended Scotch whiskey, saving your single malt to enjoy on its own. The lime cuts through the sweetness of the ginger beer.
The Mamie Taylor bears a lot of resemblance to the Moscow mule, which uses vodka along with lime juice and ginger beer. But the smoky flavor of Scotch makes this cocktail more interesting.
- Pour the whiskey and lime juice into a highball glass filled with ice.
- Top with ginger ale or ginger beer.
- Garnish with a lime wedge.
Making the Best Mamie Taylor Cocktail
As with most cocktails, freshly-squeezed lime juice is preferred. You can get more juice out of your lime by warming it and then pressing it hard into the countertop and rolling it before cutting and squeezing.
Either ginger ale or ginger beer are recommended in this drink.
Which one you use will be based on your preference for spicy ginger. Vernor's ginger ale is an enjoyable option for a softer, semi-sweet Mamie Taylor. When you are in the mood for something spicier, a great Jamaican ginger beer is fantastic or you might try Blenheim's Hot Ginger Ale. Local artisanal soda makers have also hopped onto the ginger ale and ginger beer bandwagon, so look for offerings you can only find in your area.
How Strong is the Mamie Taylor Cocktail?
Your Mamie Taylor cocktail will be stronger or weaker depending on how much soda you use in relation to the Scotch whiskey. To give you an idea of how strong the average Mamie Taylor cocktail is, assume that you pour an 80-proof whiskey and 6 ounces of ginger ale. In this example, the drink would have an alcohol content of about 9 percent ABV (18 proof). That makes it a relatively light drink, assuming that you sip it over the course of a happy hour.
However, the Mamie Taylor contains 2 fluid ounces of Scotch whiskey, which is 25 percent more than the "standard drink" of 1.5 fluid ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits. It will still pack a punch if you have more than one Mamie Taylor in an hour.
|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Total Fat||0 g|
|Saturated Fat||0 g|
|Unsaturated Fat||0 g|
|Dietary Fiber||3 g|