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Scofflaw Cocktail

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The Scofflaw cocktail is a drink built with bourbon whiskey, dry vermouth, grenadine, angostura bitter orange, and lemon juice.

Scofflaw Cocktail Info

You might consider ordering Prohibition-era alcohol next time you go to your local speakeasy.

If you want a natural speakeasy drink, you have two options: a glass of Champagne or a ginger ale highball, and that is about it. You can sometimes hear people talk about Prohibition cocktails as bad drinks made because you wanted to hide the taste of the bad alcohol. This is far from the truth, and the Scofflaw cocktail that was created during the noble experiment proves it.

According to legend, this drink was created by a guy called Jock, a New York Bartender.

This name Scofflaw results from January 15th, 1924's rise to prominence of the term "scofflaw." It was awarded in a contest by Delcevare Kings, a prohibitionist, who asked people to come up with a word to describe a lawless drinker.

The original Scofflaw required "1/3 rye whiskey, 1/3 French vermouth, 1/6 lemon juice, and 1/6 grenadine, but you can experiment with the portions as I have done in this recipe. Just make sure you give the origin a try!


A good cocktail that was created during the noble experiment.

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Course: Cocktail, Drink
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Mix Time: 1 minute
Servings: 1 Serving(s)


  • 60 ml Bourbon Whiskey
  • 30 ml Dry Vermouth
  • 10 ml Lemon Juice
  • 10 ml Grenadine
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitter Orange


  • Add ice to your shaker.
  • Add the ingredients.
  • Shake it cold.
  • Strain into a cocktail glass.
  • Serve!

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Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg
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