Suffering Bastard

The Suffering Bastard is the name for two different mixed drinks, one being more of a standard cocktail associated with World War II and the other being more of an exotic drink associated with Tiki bars. As is the case with many cocktails, there are multiple recipe variations and historical origins have been argued and changed over time.[1][2][3] Two of the earliest recipe versions have very different ingredients. One from bartender Joe Scialom (1942) calls for brandy and gin, while another from Tiki pioneer Victor J. Bergeron (AKA Trader Vic) primarily uses rum along with “secret ingredients” and is known for being garnished with a cucumber.

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Ingredients

  1. GIN

    30 ml | 1 oz | 2 parts | 2/3 jiggers

  2. BRANDY (OR BOURBON)

    30 ml | 1 oz | 2 parts | 2/3 jiggers

  3. LIME JUICE CORDIAL

    15 ml | 1/2 oz | 1 parts | 1/3 jiggers

  4. ANGOSTURA BITTERS

    2 dashes

  5. GINGER BEER (CHILLED)

    120 ml | 4 oz | 8 parts | 2 2/3 jiggers

Garnish

  1. Orange slice

  2. Mint Sprig


Directions

Shake everything but ginger beer with ice, then stir & pour unstrained

Alcohol: Gin, Brandy/Bourbon

Mix: Lime Juice Cordial, Angostura Bitters, Ginger Beer

Garnish: Orange Slice, Mint Sprig

Drinkware: Double Old-Fashioned

Served: Shaken and poured