Suffering Bastard
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Suffering Bastard
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The Suffering Bastard is a unique cocktail that emerged from the mid-20th century, originating as a hangover cure. This invigorating concoction combines the warming notes of bourbon with the crisp, ... more The Suffering Bastard is a unique cocktail that emerged from the mid-20th century, originating as a hangover cure. This invigorating concoction combines the warming notes of bourbon with the crisp, botanical flavor of gin, balanced with the tartness of fresh lime juice. The addition of ginger ale adds a refreshing effervescence and a spicy kick, while a dash of Angostura bitters contributes a complex layer of flavors with its blend of herbs and spices. Typically served in a lowball glass, the Suffering Bastard offers a complex and revitalizing taste experience, often garnished with fresh mint, an orange wheel, and a maraschino cherry to enhance its visual and aromatic appeal.
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Gin
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Cocktail cherry, orange, mint
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11.43% | 2.4 units *

Lowball glass

Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Suffering Bastard

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well
Pour into a lowball glass filled with ice and garnish with a mint sprig, orange wheel and a maraschino cherry before serving

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Suffering Bastard cocktail?

The Suffering Bastard was originally created in the 1940s by Joe Scialom, a bartender at the Long Bar of the Shepheard's Hotel in Cairo, Egypt. It was conceived as a hangover cure for British soldiers during World War II. The drink gained popularity for its effectiveness and unique flavor profile.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

What is the best method to combine the ingredients for a Suffering Bastard?

To properly prepare a Suffering Bastard, combine the lime juice, gin, bourbon, and a dash of Angostura bitters in a shaker with ice. Shake well until the mixture is chilled. Strain the mixture into a lowball glass filled with ice, then top with ginger ale and gently stir to combine. This method ensures a well-mixed and chilled cocktail.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the ideal way to serve a Suffering Bastard?

The ideal way to serve a Suffering Bastard is in a lowball glass over ice. This presentation not only complements the cocktail's bold flavors but also maintains its cold temperature, enhancing the drinking experience.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute the ginger ale in a Suffering Bastard with something else?

Yes, if you prefer not to use ginger ale or simply want to try a variation, ginger beer is a great alternative. It offers a spicier kick compared to the milder ginger ale, adding another layer of complexity to the cocktail.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

How can I add a personal twist to the Suffering Bastard?

To personalize a Suffering Bastard, consider adding fresh mint for a refreshing aroma, or a splash of orange liqueur for a hint of citrus sweetness. Alternatively, experiment with the proportions of gin and bourbon to suit your taste preferences, or garnish with a cucumber slice for a crisp finish.

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