Have You Met My Friend John?

Rating (12)
“Don't let its simple appearance fool you; blended Scotch and black pepper add subtle smoke and spice to make this drink more complex the longer you sip.”
– Leah Schoenburg

*just below the 1/2 oz mark of your jigger

Bar Tools: Jigger or measuring cup, muddler or teaspoon, mixing beaker, bar spoon, julep strainer, fine mesh strainer or tea strainer
Glass: Rocks

Each box includes all ingredients including garnish. Bar tools and glassware not included but can be ordered separately.

All orders for alcohol are fulfilled by Keystone Wine and Spirits, LLC.

  1. Chill Rocks Glass by placing in fridge/freezer or by filling with ice water and setting aside for 5 minutes (optional.)
  2. Using a muddler or teaspoon, gently muddle the measured amounts of cracked black peppercorns, lemon bitters and mint syrup in the bottom of Mixing Beaker.
  3. Measure and add Johnnie Walker Black Label to Mixing Beaker.
  4. Fill Mixing Beaker about two thirds full with fresh ice.
  5. Stir contents for about 60 seconds by using bar spoon or teaspoon. (Note: when using a bar spoon, place shaft between your index and middle finger. Insert spoon into the beaker until spoon touches bottom. Keeping your arm and fingers still, use your wrist to turn the spoon in the beaker. The spoon will spin about in your fingers on its own axis.)
  6. Remove Rocks Glass from fridge/freezer or if using ice water, empty the glass.
  7. Strain contents of Mixing Beaker using a julep strainer and fine mesh strainer (or tea strainer) into Rocks Glass.
  8. Cheers!
  • 1 Johnnie Walker Black Label (375ml bottle)
  • 1 Scrappy's Black Lemon Bitters (15ml bottle)
  • 1 Cocktail Courier Mint Syrup (4oz bottle)
  • 1 Cracked Black Pepper

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Per Cocktail
6 Cocktails per order*
*Tip to bartender, Taxes & Delivery Included

Leah Schoenburg
Cocktail Courier | Chicago
Leah Schoenburg, like so many bartenders out there, went to art school, where she learned that art takes on many forms and it’s still really hard to make ...

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Reviews (12)

Light and Lovely

This drink is refreshing and perfect for warmer weather. My mom and I made these last night and her only complaint was that it was “too small” (because she liked it).

Kim S.
Pleasing but stubborn

We liked the flavors but the peppercorns were difficut to process- they wouldn’t muddle as directed. Perhaps a pepper-flavored rim would be better.

Laurel P.
Surprisingly Delicious

When I first saw the ingredients, this drink did not appeal to me at all. Mint flavoring is not my favorite and who would ever put peppercorns in a drink? But, I tried it and I LOVE it. The mint is just a hint of flavoring and provides added sweetness to this whiskey neat cocktail. The peppercorns give the drink depth of flavor without any of the heat. It’s one of my new favorites!

Heidi C.
Sweet and minty

Love a drink with black pepper, and scotch is always a winner. The mint syrup overpowers–use notably less than then recipe calls for.

John Stuart G.
Yummy and quick to make!

This drink is so unique, and it is fast to create. Who knew mint syrup and scotch could complement each other?

Kathleen S.
Smokey sipping delight

SUPER simple to make and super easy to sip! The cracked pepper adds a smokey kick to the already smokey scotch. This is a great fall/winter cocktail made for slow sipping and low key enjoyment. I really enjoyed this one and I am not usually a scotch drinker… In three words: classic, smokey, slow-burn (okay, technically, 4 words…)

Pearl R.
great drink

nice. not too strong. lingering taste of pepper.

Melissa L.
Strong and earthy

Not typically a scotch drinker, however this got me outside of my comfort zone. It was easy to make and was a nice drink to sip on next to the fire.

Kristine L.
Not my cup of tea but still coming back.

It’s a good drink but I just didn’t care for it. I was taking a chance and trying something new but it was too smokey tasting for my preferences. It tasted dirty, which I know some people like but not my cuppa tea. The ingredients were all great high quality. I have so much fun doing the kits each month.

Jacqueline R.

Really enjoyed this drink. Easy to put together, and it made quite a few glasses.

Justin W.
Easy to assemble complexity

My husband is the scotch drinker, so I went ahead with this one mostly for him. As anticipated, he enjoyed it more than I did, and agreed with the description that it got more complex the longer you sipped it, despite the simple ingredients and prep. Scotch is too earthy for me so I added some lemon juice and enjoyed it more after that.

Jennifer R.
Have you met my friend John

This was our first cocktail courier order – a gift from our son for Christmas – and we enjoyed it. Loved the smoothness and appreciated the balance of boozy with a little bit of sweet; especially loved the heat from the pepper. We prefer our cocktails on the boozy and not-so-sweet side, so this was perfect.

Deborah K.