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highball glass with ice and light, bubbly, liquid spirit and a lime wedge on the rim of glass sitting on an aged wooded table in front of leather menu book
S.B. looks nicer than the name suggests.

Part of the fun of creating and reviving new cocktails at 1350 Distilling is pairing it with an adequate name. We tend to find names associated with the military or first responder branch that coincides with the 1350 Spirit being used in the drink.

For example, our Rosco P. Coltrane is an Old Fashioned that includes our Code Four 115 Proof Cask Strength Straight Bourbon, which is dedicated to our Law Enforcement. For some, you may recall that Rosco was the “Barney Fife” of the 1980’s television series, “The Dukes of Hazaard” with a devilish and distinctive laugh. In this case with “Suffering Bastard”, we felt that there was no need to name the drink differently.

The Suffering Bastard (S.B.) grew out of the World War II era. The name has a couple of variations of recipes, however, both refer to the poor soldier who may be suffering from a hangover. The claim is this cocktail was the medicine and the bartender could “doctor you up” with a little “hair of the dog”. 

It has been written that the drink has also been called “Suffering Bar Steward” for those not so inclined to say “bastard” out loud. There may be some truth to a suffering bar steward needing this drink to start their next shift, but let's continue.

Trader Vic made a Mai Tai variation with the same name, but the one we're focusing on has its beginnings in Cairo, Egypt in the Long Bar inside Shepheard’s Hotel during the second Great War by bartender Joe Scialom.

S.B. is a great refreshing summertime cocktail. It could be considered as a mule because of its use of ginger beer, but the major ingredient differences to a mule is the addition of both gin and whiskey with bitters.

See how to make your own Suffering Bastard in this video. (More delicious cocktail recipes and videos are available on our YouTube Channel. Like and Subscribe to know when our next "How To" videos are published.)

The original recipe called for brandy or cognac, but most types whiskey can be substituted. Our Guardian Bourbon mixes beautifully with lime and lemon juice, as does our Wingman Gin. Mixing the Suffering Bastard with our recipe, you will have two Gold Medal winning 1350 Spirits in one historic and well named  libation.


Glass: Highball filled with ice

• 3 Dashes of Aromatic Bitters

• 1 Oz. Wingman Gin

• 1 Oz. Guardian Bourbon

• 0.5 Oz. Lime Juice

• Fill the rest of glass with Ginger Beer

Stir in glass

Garnish: Lime Wedge (fresh mint never hurts either)

Try it out yourself, or order off the menu when you visit us in our Taste Lounge.

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