Whiskey Wednesday: The Suffering Bastard

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Hump day comes with its highs and lows. High – only three more days until the weekend (aka you’ve almost made it. Hang in there!) Low – you still have three more days until the weekend (aka you better be coming home to a generous glass of brown water tonight or there will be hell to pay). For those of you lingering more towards the “low” end of the spectrum, we’ve got the cocktail for you – The Suffering Bastard. So if you can empathize with that name today then keep on reading.

Originally named the Suffering Bar Steward, the Suffering Bastard was created by legendary bartender Joe Scialom at the Shepheard Hotel in Cairo, Egypt. Note that at the time of it’s creation, Allied forces were pitted against Nazi Germany in the Battle of El Alamein in Africa, drawing many a weary soldier into Joe’s bar looking to forget all of the horrors of war they were exposed to daily. Now Joe – being the smart bastard he is – noticed that good spirits were scarce and wanted to create the perfect cure for the fatigued British soldiers that frequented his bar. Which brings us to The Suffering Bastard – the ultimate cure for any ailment, whether it be impending death on the battlefront or a nasty hangover! (Although we are not quite positive whether it is more likely to cure a hangover or cause one but we’ll leave it up to you to discover any healing powers). Soon after, the Suffering Bastard was being served up at Trader Vic’s and other Tiki bars around the world and Joe’s legendary bartending skills drew the attention of many notable figures such as Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, and Egyption King Farouk.

1 oz. Lost Republic bourbon

1 oz. gin

¼ oz. fresh lime juice

1 dash Angostura bitters

½ oz. ginger liqueur

Ginger beer

Shake the bourbon, gin, lime juice, and ginger liqueur with ice then strain into a glass filled with crushed ice and top with some ginger beer. And prepare to drink like the King of Egypt circa 1942… Cheers Pioneers!