The Suffering Bastard cocktail was created by Joe Scialom, a bartender at the Shepheard's Hotel in Cairo, Egypt, during World War II. It was originally concocted as a hangover cure for British officers. The cocktail gained popularity and became a staple at Tiki bars.
- The name 'Suffering Bastard' is said to have been inspired by the hungover state of the British officers.
- The cocktail is also known as the 'Suffering Bar Steward'.
- The original recipe called for gin and brandy, but it has evolved over time, with bourbon often being used in place of brandy.
The Suffering Bastard has a complex taste profile, with a blend of sour, sweet, and spicy flavors. It is a strong and refreshing cocktail with a hint of bitterness from the bitters and a slight tang from the lime juice.
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Why is it called the Suffering 'Bastard'?
This colourful name is indeed part of the cocktail's rich history. The name supposedly reflects its original purpose: to cure a 'suffering' hangover.
Does the Suffering Bastard contain any sugar?
The Suffering Bastard does not contain any added sugar. However, it does include ginger ale, which often contains sugar. If you're watching your sugar intake, you might want to consider substituting the ginger ale for a sugar-free option.
What types of food pair well with the Suffering Bastard?
The Suffering Bastard pairs well with spicy or aromatic dishes. Thai or Mexican cuisine works particularly well. The cocktail's spicy and sweet flavour profile counteracts the heat of these dishes beautifully.
Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Suffering Bastard?
While the Suffering Bastard is a strongly alcoholic cocktail, you can make a mocktail version by substituting non-alcoholic gin and brandy or bourbon flavourings for the spirits, and omitting the bitters.