Mamie Taylor Cocktail

Classic Mamie Taylor Cocktail
The Mamie Taylor is a simple scotch highball and you have the choice of ginger beer or ale. Either way, it's great.

The Spruce / S&C Design Studios

Prep: 2 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 2 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
225 Calories
0g Fat
24g Carbs
1g Protein
Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 14mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 24mg 120%
Calcium 30mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 89mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Mamie Taylor was a famous opera singer around the turn of the 20th century. One story goes that a Rochester, New York bartender created this scotch and ginger ale 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 whisky, 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.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Pour the whiskey and lime juice into a highball glass filled with ice.

  3. Top with ginger ale or ginger beer.

  4. Garnish with a lime wedge. Serve and enjoy.

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. 

How Strong Is the Mamie Taylor?

Your Mamie Taylor cocktail will be stronger or weaker depending on how much soda you use in relation to the Scotch whisky. 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.

Recipe Tags: