The Scofflaw
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The Scofflaw
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Rating

4.6 / 5
One of the tastiest bourbon/rye based cocktails. Created in Paris during the Prohibition period in the US. One of the tastiest bourbon/rye based cocktails. Created in Paris during the Prohibition period in the US.
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Bourbon
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Lemon
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21.91% | 2.52 units *

Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Scofflaw is a Prohibition-era gem that combines the robust flavors of bourbon with the zesty tang of lemon juice and the sweetness of grenadine, beautifully balanced by a dash of orange bitters. Its complexity is suited for those who appreciate a well-rounded cocktail with a historical kick.

Method
How to make a The Scofflaw

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice
Shake, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with a lemon peel twist, after expressing its oils over and washing the rim with it, and serve
~ The bitters and the garnish give a good citrus aroma. ~

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  ·  Twist  ·  Rim  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin story of The Scofflaw cocktail?

The Scofflaw cocktail was invented in Paris during the Prohibition era. The name 'Scofflaw' itself emerged from a contest held to coin a term to describe those who flouted Prohibition laws by continuing to consume alcohol. The cocktail, embracing this rebellious spirit, became popular among Americans visiting Paris who were keen to enjoy the liberties that Prohibition denied them back home.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

What is the significance of shaking The Scofflaw cocktail?

Shaking The Scofflaw cocktail is crucial for achieving the right texture and temperature. The vigorous shaking action chills the ingredients rapidly, ensuring the cocktail is served cold. It also helps to properly mix the bourbon, white vermouth, lemon juice, and syrups, creating a harmonious blend of flavors. Additionally, shaking introduces a slight dilution and aeration, which can make the drink smoother and more palatable.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What garnishes work well with The Scofflaw?

A classic garnish for The Scofflaw cocktail is a lemon twist. The citrusy aroma and the subtle oils released from the lemon peel enhance the overall sensory experience of the cocktail. Optionally, a maraschino cherry can also be added for a hint of sweetness and color contrast, making the drink visually appealing.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of The Scofflaw compare to other classic cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 21.91%, The Scofflaw falls in the moderate range of alcohol by volume (ABV) for classic cocktails. It is stronger than light cocktails like the Aperol Spritz (around 11% ABV), but not as potent as strong classics like the Old Fashioned or Manhattan, which can exceed 30% ABV. The balanced ABV makes The Scofflaw a versatile choice, suitable for sipping without overwhelming the palate.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute bourbon in The Scofflaw with another type of whiskey?

Yes, bourbon in The Scofflaw can be substituted with rye whiskey to offer a slightly spicier and more robust flavor profile. While bourbon brings sweetness and a full-bodied character to the cocktail, rye may introduce a sharper edge and complexity. This substitution allows for an enjoyable variation that maintains the spirit of the original recipe.

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