The Suffering Bastard is a popular cocktail consisting of bourbon, gin, lime juice, and ginger beer. It was first created during World War II in Cairo, Egypt.
Suffering bastard recipe
- 30 ml gin
- 30 ml brandy
- 15 ml lime juice
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- ginger beer to top up
Shake everything but ginger beer with ice, pour unstrained into glass, top with ginger beer.
Directions for how to make the Suffering bastard
- Combine 30 ml gin, 30 ml brandy, 15 ml lime juice, and 2 dashes of Angostura bitters in a shaker.
- Add ice to the shaker.
- Shake the ingredients vigorously for several seconds.
- Pour the contents of the shaker unstrained into a Collins glass.
- Top up the glass with ginger beer.
- Garnish the drink with a lime wheel or wedge (optional).
- Serve and enjoy.
Tips for how to make the perfect Suffering bastard
- Use equal parts gin and brandy for the base of the drink.
- Add lime juice, honey syrup, and Angostura bitters to balance out the flavors.
- Serve in a tall glass with ice and top with ginger beer for a refreshing kick.
- Garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint for a beautiful finishing touch.
Alcohol-free alternative to the Suffering bastard
One alcohol-free alternative to Suffering Bastard could be to use ginger ale, lime juice, pineapple juice and a dash of bitters. Ginger ale can provide the perfect balance of flavor by bringing fizziness and sweetness. Lime juice adds a tartness which works well with pineapple juice which provides some sweetness. Bitters add a bit of complexity and depth to the drink. The resulting non-alcoholic version of the Suffering Bastard is refreshing, fruity and spicy, and could be garnished with fresh mint leaves or a slice of lime to complete the inviting look.
Suffering bastard fun facts
- Suffering Bastard was first created by a bartender named Joe Scialom in Cairo, Egypt during World War II.
- The drink was originally concocted as a hangover cure for British officers stationed in North Africa.
- Suffering Bastard is made with equal parts bourbon and gin, as well as lime juice, ginger beer, and Angostura bitters.
- The drink’s name is said to have been inspired by the hangovers suffered by its original drinkers.
- Suffering Bastard became popular in the 1940s and 1950s as a tiki drink, and was frequently served in tropical-themed bars and restaurants.