Suffering Bastard Cocktail

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The Suffering Bastard cocktail is a drink built with bourbon whiskey, London dry gin, lime juice, angostura bitters, and ginger beer!

Suffering Bastard Cocktail Info

Many classic cocktails were created in bars of top hotels. The Singapore Sling is a classic cocktail from Singapore's Raffles Hotel. In New Orleans, we have the Vieux Carre that was made at Hotel Monteleone. This list continues and includes the Suffering Bastard. Cairo's Shepheard's Hotel staff created it as a hangover remedy before it closed in 1952.

According to the legend, Joe Scialom, Shepheard's barkeep, was looking for a hangover cure for soldiers during World War II in 1942. The Suffering Bastard was his choice. It cleverly combined two liquors with lime juice and aromatic bitters, as well as the stomach-settling properties of ginger beer. According to legend, the drink was so popular that troops telegrammed the hotel to request bulk orders of the liquid fortification. 

The typical recipe calls for gin and bourbon, but some reports suggest it initially contained brandy rather than bourbon. While both spirits can make excellent versions of this drink, this recipe uses whiskey. Ginger ale is also an option if ginger beer is unavailable. Although the final cocktail will not be as spicy, it will still have a thirst-quenching, fizzy quality.

This cocktail will make you happy no matter what route you take in making it. You can adjust the drink's potency or avoid the next hangover by increasing or decreasing the ginger beer.

Suffering Bastard

An old WW2 cocktail.


5 from 6 votes
Course: Cocktail, Drink
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Mix Time: 1 minute
Servings: 1 Serving(s)


  • 30 ml London Dry Gin
  • 30 ml Bourbon Whiskey
  • 15 ml Lime Juice
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 150 ml Ginger Beer


  • Add everything except ginger beer to a shaker.
  • Add ice and shake it cold.
  • Add ice to a highball glass.
  • Add the shaker liquid to your highball glass.
  • Add the ginger beer!
  • Lightly stir.
  • Garnish with mint.
  • Serve!
Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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