The Suffering Bastard is another hair of the dog cocktail! Much like the Corpse Reviver, this gin and bourbon concoction created in the 1940s is designed to relieve the suffering of the poor soul that drank too much the night before.
Over the years, this particular beverage has morphed into some variations, and there’s even a tiki drink named the Suffering Bastard. This one uses some very non-tiki ingredients, namely bourbon, and some spicy non-alcoholic ginger beer. I found this ginger “beer” at Aldi, and when it’s available I always get some. It’s pretty spicy, and adds a nice touch to cocktails without added alcohol. For bourbon shopping, there’s a nice selection here.
The Suffering Bastard Cocktail
- 1 Oz. Gin
- 1 Oz. Bourbon
- .5 Oz. Lime Juice
- 2 dashes Bitters Go for orange bitters or aromatic bitters
- Ginger beer to taste
- Mint for garnish
- In your mixing glass, combine your bourbon, gin, and lime juice with ice.
- Stir in some bitters.
- Strain into your rocks cocktail glass, complete with sphere ice if you like.
- Top off with ginger beer. The spicier the better.
- Squeeze a lime over the top, and garnish with mint.
How to mix up your Suffering Bastard!
You could, if you like, try a whisky or rye instead of bourbon, and definitely pick one you like. This drink is definitely bourbon forward! I keep the gin simple and clean here, to let the bourbon and ginger come out.
Go for ginger ale instead of the ginger beer. This makes your cocktail a bit softer and sweeter.
Play with the bitters that you use. Ditch the orange and try aromatic. Or cherry, celery, habanero, or any other flavor that you like. Even chocolate!
Sip slowly and enjoy all of the flavors! But no so much that you need another one the next morning.