Recipe: Suffering Bastard

Here is the official recipe for the Suffering Bastard cocktail, also known as the Suffering Bar Steward by those who find the original name too vulgar.

    • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
    • ginger beer or ginger ale
    • 1 ounce gin
    • 1 ounce brandy or bourbon (according to your tastes the night before)
    • 1 teaspoon lime juice, sweetened (Fee Brothers or Rose's sweetened lime juice)

Fill highball glass with ginger beer or ginger ale.

Add remaining ingredients, stir well, and decorate with slice of lemon and slice of lime and a sprig of fresh mint. Drink deeply.

To read Derek Brown's article about this history of this cocktail, click here.

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Derek Brown is a writer, illustrator, bartender, and co-owner of acclaimed bars The Passenger and Columbia Room in Washington, D.C. He sits on the board of directors for the Museum of the American Cocktail. More

Derek Brown is a writer, illustrator, bartender, and co-owner of acclaimed bars The Passenger and Columbia Room in Washington, D.C. He travels throughout the country and around the world in search of great drinks, and the stories behind them. Derek's methodical approach to cocktails was profiled in the Wall Street Journal's "A Master of Mixological Science" and his martini lauded as the best in America by GQ. He's been in numerous media outlets featuring his approach to better drinking, including CNN, The Rachel Maddow Show and FOX. Derek is a founding member of the D.C. Craft Bartender's Guild and on the board of directors for the Museum of the American Cocktail.

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