Suffering bastard

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

  1. Combine 30 ml gin, 30 ml brandy, 15 ml lime juice, and 2 dashes of Angostura bitters in a shaker.
  2. Add ice to the shaker.
  3. Shake the ingredients vigorously for several seconds.
  4. Pour the contents of the shaker unstrained into a Collins glass.
  5. Top up the glass with ginger beer.
  6. Garnish the drink with a lime wheel or wedge (optional).
  7. 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

  1. Suffering Bastard was first created by a bartender named Joe Scialom in Cairo, Egypt during World War II.
  2. The drink was originally concocted as a hangover cure for British officers stationed in North Africa.
  3. Suffering Bastard is made with equal parts bourbon and gin, as well as lime juice, ginger beer, and Angostura bitters.
  4. The drink’s name is said to have been inspired by the hangovers suffered by its original drinkers.
  5. Suffering Bastard became popular in the 1940s and 1950s as a tiki drink, and was frequently served in tropical-themed bars and restaurants.