Cameron's Kick

It’s Tiki Monday! How to Make the Cameron’s Kick

Cameron's KickThis fantastic cocktail is a great lead up to the infamous drinking holiday that is St. Patrick’s Day. With a healthy dose of Irish whiskey, this twist on a whiskey sour is sure to get you into the festive spirit. Even with the blizzards crushing the northeast of the United States. But how can this drink be celebrated on Tiki Monday? Well the answer lies in its source of sweetener: orgeat syrup.  Orgeat syrup is a staple in the tiki world, providing a flavorful, almondy backbone to popular cocktails like the Mai Tai. And while the inclusion of orgeat syrup may not alone make this Cameron’s Kick truly tiki, we are going to let that slide in the interest of enjoying this amazing concoction.

Cameron’s Kick

  • 1 ounce Blended Scotch
  • 1 ounce Irish Whiskey
  • ¾ ounce lemon juice
  • ½ ounce orgeat syrup
  • garnish with a lemon twist

Like all good drinks for St. Patrick’s Day, the Cameron’s Kick tastes amazing, yet is simple enough to create while happily inebriated. Traditionally, this cocktail is served in a coupe glass. If you don’t have a coupe glass  – or your cat broke them all like mine did – a cocktail glass will also work. Fill the glass with ice and set aside to chill. Next fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in the blended scotch and Irish whiskey. Squeeze in the fresh lemon juice and add the orgeat syrup. Now it is time to shake the cocktail shaker until it is cold to the touch. About 20 seconds. Next, dump the ice from the chilled glass and strain in the cocktail. Finally, garnish with a lemon twist and enjoy the your exquisite work.

There are several commercial brands of orgeat (BG Reynolds will work in a pinch), but for great flavor, you have to use homemade orgeat. Homemade orgeat is surprisingly simple to make and relies on tasty almonds to establish a lovely flavor profile. No matter what orgeat you use, the Cameron’s Kick is a great little cocktail with a lot of punch. The scotch and Irish whiskey uniquely blend into a deeply complex and beautifully amber cocktail enhanced by the sour notes of lemon. If this cocktail turns out to be a little too sour for your liking, use only half an ounce of lemon juice. No matter what your palate desires, this cocktail is sure to please.

What Blended Scotch Should I Use in the Cameron’s Kick?

Finding an affordable blended scotch that actually tastes good is somewhat of a challenge. While I am still on a quest to find the best blended scotch, I usually settle on Dewar’s White Label Blended Scotch in the meantime. Normally sold for $20-30 a fifth, I was lucky enough to get several bottles on a really good sale. However while Dewar’s is remarkably inoffensive, it also isn’t fantastic. If you have a favorite blended scotch you think would work well in the Cameron’s Kick, I would love to hear about it in the comments below!

What Irish Whiskey Should I Use in the Cameron’s Kick?

There are an amazing number of delicious and affordable Irish whiskeys. My absolute favorite budget Irish whiskey is, without a question, is Trader Joe’s Single Malt Irish Whiskey. Not only has this delicious whiskey have an age statement of 8 years, but also can be had for around $15/fifth. Stunningly smooth with delicious notes of caramel, I have yet to find any Irish whiskies that can challenge the Trader Joe’s bottle at this price, at least outside of Ireland.  If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you that sells spirits, Jameson and Paddy are both good options, though they come at a higher cost with arguably less flavor. Luckily the orgeat in the Cameron’s Kick supplies a lot of flavor and can help smooth over any inconsistencies in your whiskey of choice.

Total cost per drink? ~$1.45

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