How did the Cameron's Kick cocktail get its name? It seems like there has to be a good story there. But apparently it's been lost to the sands of time, because I couldn't find the origins of it.
The recipe made its first appearance in either Harry Craddock's Savoy Cocktail Book or Harry McElhone's ABC of Mixing Cocktails (accounts differ). It's unusual in that it's not only a whiskey cocktail, it's a cocktail with two different types of whiskey. It sounds curious, but it's delicious.
1 oz Blended Scotch Wiskey
1 oz Irish Whiskey
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Orgeat Syrup
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
The taste of this cocktail is a surprise. A little sweet, a little tart, with a surprisingly mellow flavor of whiskey swirling around and bringing it all together. It really works nicely.
You don't want to use a single malt Scotch for this drink. A blended whisky like Famous Grouse is what you're looking for. For the Irish, pick your favorite — I used Jameson because that's what was handy.
I also mixed one on the rocks, and enjoyed that as well. David Wondrich recommends adding an orange twist as a garnish. I didn't have any oranges, so I wasn't able to try that version, but I suspect that it would work nicely. (I tend to omit garnishes for a lot of drinks, simply because I'm lazy.)