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The Suffering Bastard Cocktail Recipe

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A Hangover Cure?

The Suffering Bastard is a cocktail with a history. It was originally named The Suffering Bar Steward according to the legend and was created as a hangover cure. I think it’s more likely to cause one than to cure one, but you may find it has medicinal properties.

There are a number versions of the recipe. Some newer recipes use rum, but the original called for bourbon… and gin. This is a potent cocktail, so partake with caution!

Suffering Bastard

  • 1 oz bourbon (I used W.L. Weller Special Reserve)
  • 1oz gin
  • 1/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1/2 oz ginger liqueur
  • Ginger beer

Shake the bourbon, gin, lime juice, bitters and ginger liqueur with ice. Strain into a Don Ho glass filled with crushed ice and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a cherry and a slice of both orange and lime.

Several recipes I found called for equal parts of bourbon, gin and lime juice. That was way too much lime juice for me. I’d suggest you start with the smaller amount in this recipe and then you can experiment with adding more to your taste. I made my own ginger liqueur, but you could use Domaine de Canton or substitute ginger syrup or even simple syrup for some sweetness. Some recipes call for a sprig of mint as a garnish and I’m not against the idea. If you don’t have a Don Ho glass, a tiki mug or a double Old Fashioned glass will do the trick.

Let me know if it cures what ails you!



About the Author

Christelle Lachapelle

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Christelle Lachapelle discovered her love of bourbon in the last couple of years. She usually likes her bourbon on the rocks or in an Old Fashioned. Although her tasting experience is limited she loves to experiment with new cocktail recipes and will be sharing those here on Bourbon & Banter. She also occasionally writes for her own blog, Dirty Martini Talk. She lives in rural Connecticut and is happy to join the team here at Bourbon & Banter to help spread the bourbon gospel from the east coast.

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